Thomas well placed despite late crash

01 May 2021

Thomas well placed despite late crash

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Tour de Romandie - Stage 4 » Sion › Thyon 2000, 161.3km

A late crash in the final 100 metres saw Geraint Thomas denied the opportunity to sprint for victory on the queen stage at Tour de Romandie.

The Welshman had powered through the mist to set up a two-way sprint for victory at the Swiss ski resort, but went down as he opened up his sprint against Michael Woods.

In sight of the finish, Thomas was able to remount to finish third but dropped a tantalising 21 seconds at the line. Despite that the Grenadier still sits second overall, just 11 seconds back on Woods, heading into Sunday's time trial decider.

Richie Porte was also present in the elite GC group on the tough final slopes. The Tasmanian was sixth on the day and now sits fifth overall, 36 seconds back.

In difficult conditions the team worked hard to position their leaders and ride tempo when required in the closing stages. The stage race concludes with a 16.2km time trial in Fribourg to decide the overall victory.


- Geraint Thomas

"I just had no feeling whatsoever in my hands. I tried to change gear, but instead I just lost the bars. It's so frustrating - even if I'd just stayed in that gear and come second...

"I feel fine (physically), it's more the frustration after such a hard day, to lose time like that at the end.

"We'll try to make the time back tomorrow. 11 seconds behind - so it's all the play for."
Overall standings:

1. Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) 17:37:35
2. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +11"
3. Ben O'Connor (Ag2r La Mondiale) +21"
4. Marc Soler (Movistar) +33"
5. Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) +36"