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Thomas crashes out of Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas crashed heavily on Tuesday in a second major scare for his Team Ineos after Chris Froome suffered serious injury ruling him out of the Tour de France last week.

The reigning Tour de France champion Thomas was rushed to hospital for tests after his fall in the Tour de Suisse.

The accident happened 30km from home on stage four with the 33-year-old Welshman in a good position for overall victory in the nine-day Tour warm-up in the Alps, but was left ashen-faced, dazed, badly grazed and nursing his right shoulder.

He was treated for “abrasions to his shoulder and a cut above his right eye.

“There was a lip in the road that came out of nowhere,” said Thomas. “An Astana rider hit the lip and crashed and I had nowhere to go. I landed on my shoulder and my face and there was quite a bit of blood. It’s frustrating and a small setback for my Tour de France preparations, but there’s still plenty of time before we start in Brussels in a few weeks’ time.”

The incident comes less than a week after four-time Tour de France champ Froome broke a leg, hip, elbow and ribs at the Criterium du Dauphine.


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