Thomas forced to withdraw from Giro d’Italia

19 May 2017

Thomas forced to withdraw from Giro d’Italia

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Geraint Thomas’ Giro d’Italia has come to an end after injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday’s stage nine forced him to withdraw from the race.

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

I'd love to continue, but it would be a case of trying to survive each day rather than racing.
The physical impact of the crash was obvious at the top of Blockhaus, where Thomas had fought back bravely to limit his losses, and in the immediate aftermath he described the damage he had sustained to his shoulder.
 
Thomas bounced back to record a brilliant second place in Tuesday’s Individual Time Trial. However, with the impacts of the crash taking their toll over the past 2 days of tough racing, the decision has been made that he will withdraw from the Giro. 
 
Thomas said: “I’ve been suffering since my crash on Sunday. I’ve had an issue with my shoulder which is manageable, but my knee has also been getting worse each day.
 
“Obviously it’s never nice to leave a race early, especially when it’s your main goal of the season, but I have to look at the bigger picture. I'd love to continue, but it would be a case of trying to survive each day rather than racing.
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

I’ve really enjoyed racing in Italy again. The fans have been amazing and I’ll be back.”
“I’ll turn my attention to the Tour now, and I want to arrive there with as good form as I started the Giro.
 
“I want to thank all the staff and riders here. It’s been great fun and I wish them all the best for the remainder of the Giro. I’ve really enjoyed racing in Italy again. The fans have been amazing and I’ll be back.”
Thomas remained positive despite suffering from injury

Thomas remained positive despite suffering from injury

Sir Dave Brailsford

Sir Dave Brailsford

As always, Geraint has shown true fighting spirit and demonstrated what a competitor he is
Sir Dave Brailsford praised the character shown by Thomas and explained the decision in more detail.
 
“It’s desperately sad for Geraint. He has worked hard to arrive here in such great condition and we were looking forward to seeing him compete.
 
“As always, he has shown true fighting spirit and demonstrated what a competitor he is, but the impacts of a crash like that take their toll. 

"We have to make sure that his injuries are managed optimally, ensure he is able to maintain his fitness and condition, and then look to set new targets.
 
Looking to the remainder of the Giro, the Team Principal said that there was still “plenty to fight for”.
 
“As far as the team goes, the GC has gone but there is the opportunity for our riders to achieve a stage win in the 100th Giro.”

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