Thomas moves up at Tirreno

09 Sep 2020

Thomas moves up at Tirreno

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Tirreno Adriatico stage three, Follonica - Saturnia, 217km.

Geraint Thomas moved up to fourth overall at Tirreno Adriatico after a top 10 finish on stage three, the first test for the General Classification contenders.

Thomas finished in the first chase group after Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling) initiated a late attack on the second ascent of the Poggio Murella climb which proved decisive. 

Woods escaped the other team leaders aside from Rafal Majka (Bora Hansgrohe) who joined him on a technical descent, before the pair worked together to hold off Thomas and the other chasers until contesting a sprint that was won by Woods.

Thomas was part of a larger group that initially worked to limit the gap to the leaders, but with many teams represented in the group, they struggled to work together to bridge the gap, finishing 20 seconds behind Woods and Majka.

Eddie Dunbar was also part of the chase group and suffered a crash in the closing kilometres. Dunbar was able to continue and finish the stage, but after the race an x-ray revealed that he had suffered a fractured collarbone. 
Eddie Dunbar suffered a fractured collarbone in the closing stages

Eddie Dunbar suffered a fractured collarbone in the closing stages

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Geraint Thomas


“It was a tough day altogether, a decent break went away and they had a good advantage, so we had to ride pretty hard early on. 

“Then it was weird as we did the finish climb the first time round and everyone stopped riding with us, so me and Froomey had a quick chat and said we weren’t going to drag everyone along, so we just stopped riding. Then EF came, and fair play to them,  they rode a really strong pace and even though they didn’t get the break, they clawed a lot of time back.

“The last climb was really hard, Woodsy kicked with 500m to go on the climb, I didn't want to go all the way into the red, what with the heat, so I drifted back a little and stayed in the [chase] group. 

"It was a bit frustrating in that group as there were two Mitchelton Scott and two Astana riders  Mitchelton rode, but Astana didn't and I tried to get everyone just to roll through, which we kinda did but it was half-hearted.

"It was a lot better than I was three weeks ago, I think this race will do me a world of good, move me on that little bit more and be ready for the Giro.’

Dr Rafael Santos

“In the crash Eddie landed on his shoulder and he has suffered a fracture to his left collarbone. We will now do further investigations, including a CT scan, which will allow us to see the extent of the injury and plan the next steps for treatment.”
Overall Standings

1. Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling) 13:19:24
2. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +5"
3. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +26"
4. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +30"
5. Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.