Geraint Thomas suffers Olympic road race heartbreak again as Team GB star pulls out of event after suffering crash in Japan… five years on from falling off his bike at the Rio Olympics
Geraint Thomas’ medal hopes in the Olympic road race came to an early end after another crash for the former Tour de France winner.
Thomas was bidding to avoid the same heartbreak of Rio de Janeiro five years ago, when he also came off his bike in the road race. The 35-year-old had suffered two crashes at last month’s Tour, also.
However, the Welshman and Great Britain team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart were caught in a spill around 70 kilometres into the 234km race to the Fuji International Speedway, with Thomas landing on his right side.
Both riders got back into the peloton but Thomas – who also intends to ride in Wednesday’s time trial – pulled into the pits after their first passage of the finish line at the motor circuit, still with almost 60km of the race to go.
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