Thomas defiant on tough day

17 May 2017

Thomas defiant on tough day

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Geraint Thomas refused to give up hope of General Classification success at the Giro d’Italia despite falling further behind the leaders on stage 11.

Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) took the stage victory from a fragmented chasing bunch, which saw Thomas dropped from a pursuing group which featured the pink jersey and several key contenders.  

Despite suffering from injuries sustained on stage nine, Thomas was adamant he would not change his target for the race just yet and wanted to wait and see how his body reacted. 

“I’m going to play it day-by-day and see how I get through the next two days and see how I am and after that I’ll have a clearer picture,” he revealed.

“There’s a couple of easy days coming up which will hopefully play to my advantage.

“I was suffering all day and I had a really sore knee as well and I just had to finish as best I could. 

“I felt worse than yesterday, it was only an hour on Monday whereas today was four and a half hours and I was suffering all day.”
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

There’s a couple of easy days coming up which will hopefully play to my advantage.
Geraint Thomas is biding his time before changing his goals

Geraint Thomas is biding his time before changing his goals

Despite being dropped on the final climb, Thomas was able to find a group containing fellow contender Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) which gave chase on the descent towards Bagno di Romangna and he also praised teammate Phil Deignan who was able to assist. 

He added: “I was with [Steven] Kruijswijk We were riding quite well together, but infront they were really going for it as well. 

“Then Phil [Deignan] came back and helped a bit at the end which was really good.”
Dario Cioni

Dario Cioni

It's been an incredibly brave and impressive performance for Geraint to come through both days
Sport Director Dario Cioni echoed Thomas’ words about the upcoming stages. 

He told TeamSky.com: “The next two days shouldn’t change much, they will be sprint days and these will be the last two sprint days. 

"The sprinters will want to take their opportunities."

Cioni was also full of praise for Thomas's efforts since Sunday's crash on the Blockhaus stage.

He added: "Crashing at 50kph is naturally going to take its toll and yesterday's Time Trial and today's stage were both very hard days. 

"It's been an incredibly brave and impressive performance for Geraint to come through both days".

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