Rest day reaction: Giro d'Italia

15 May 2017

Rest day reaction: Giro d'Italia

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Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa are aiming to fight on at the Giro d'Italia as their recovery continues from a tough stage nine crash.

The duo were among six Team Sky riders to go down on the fast run to the foot of the Blockhaus climb on Sunday.

Now, with the benefit of a rest day and further checks from Team Sky's medical staff, both riders are hoping to push onward at the Grand Tour - starting with Tuesday's time trial.

Thomas , who had been lying second overall before the crash, said: "I’m OK and there’s nothing broken. I’ve had a lot worse injuries and I’ll be able to get through it. It’s not ideal but hopefully it’ll be a bit better again tomorrow and I can get stuck in and see what I’ve got. 
 
"There’s still a lot of racing to be done, whether I go for trying to improve my GC position all the way through to Milan, or just try and target a couple of stages. I think just take it day by day at the moment, but certainly go 100% tomorrow (in the time trial)."
 
Landa finished the first-category climb in pain on Sunday, and after a rest-day scan the Basque star is hoping to ease himself back into the race .
 
He confirmed: "I feel not so bad. I was a little bit scared of how I would feel when I woke up this morning, but I felt better than yesterday so this is a good sign. I will see how I feel again tomorrow morning, but I had a scan and that looks good so for sure I will try to continue. 
 
"If I am able I want to find a new motivation and try to use this good condition that I have."
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