Geraint Thomas’ Giro d’Italia has come to an end after injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday’s Stage 9 forced him to withdraw from the race.
The physical impact of the crash was obvious at the top of Blockhaus, where Thomas had fought back to limit his losses, and in the immediate aftermath he described the damage he had sustained to his shoulder. Thomas bounced back to record an impressive 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.
Geraint Thomas: “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.
“I’ll turn my attention to the Tour de France now, and I want to arrive there with the same good form I started the Giro with.
“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.”
Dave Brailsford: “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.
“As far as the team goes, the GC has gone but there is still plenty to fight for and the opportunity is there for our riders to achieve a stage win in the 100th Giro”.