Grenadiers rally to maintain GC places

11 May 2023

Grenadiers rally to maintain GC places

Giro d'italia Stage 6: Napoli › Napoli, 162km.

A fantastic team reaction in the closing kilometres helped maintain Geraint Thomas' overall placing in a high octane sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia. 

After controlling the race for large periods and driving the pace on the front on the rolling Naples terrain, a dropped chain for Thomas threatened to undo the INEOS Grenadiers good work. 

The issue happened on a tight bend in the finale of the stage, with Filippo Ganna, Salvatore Puccio and Ben Swift dropping back to help the Welsh rider return to the peloton. 

A high-speed chase ensued, with the quartet able to re-join the bunch and ensure Thomas retained sixth overall, with Tao Geoghegan Hart eighth, ahead of a mountain test on stage seven. 

Geraint Thomas

“The chain came off the front and of the cassette. It took me a while to realise it was off the cassette too, but I got it back on. 

“The boys were great in getting me back and into position. Luckily, I have strong guys around me - Swifty, Ganna and Puccio - they were great support It could have been a lot worse, it was just a chain coming off and nothing else, it was all good in the end. 
 “We’ve been riding strong, hopefully we can continue that and we’ll see how the race develops.”