Crash forces Thomas out of Tour de Suisse

18 Jun 2019

Crash forces Thomas out of Tour de Suisse

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Tour de Suisse – Stage four: Murten – Arlesheim, 163.9km

Geraint Thomas was forced to abandon the Tour de Suisse following a crash on the fourth stage.
 
The pace in the peloton had increased heading into the final 30 kilometres, with Thomas going down as part of a two-rider crash.
 
Clearly disappointed, the Welshman was quickly sat up and speaking to team and race medical personnel at the roadside. 
 
With abrasions to his shoulder and a cut above his right eye, the 2018 Tour de France winner headed to hospital for further checks. Further update to follow.
 
With a four-rider break caught, up the road the team supported Egan Bernal on the run-in, with Ben Swift and Kenny Elissonde riding towards the front on the final climb of the Eichenberg.
 
Bernal crossed the line as part of a bunch finish, taking the same time as stage winner Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and remaining firmly in the GC picture, now 13th overall. Jonathan Castroviejo is the team’s best-placed rider in ninth.
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- Gabriel Rasch

“There was a lot of road furniture about and a rider crashed in front of [Geraint].
 
“He got a little cut over his eyebrow which was bleeding. The doctor felt it was safest to take him to the hospital for further checks. We’ll have to wait until they check him properly and then we’ll know more. 
 
“I think all riders are the same. They want to go back to the bike and race. But thankfully we have a doctor in the car and it’s his decision to make.”
Stage four result:

1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 3:46:02
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)
5. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

Overall standings:

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 11:37:28
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +10"
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +15"
4. Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida) +16"
5. Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) +21"
9. Jonathan Castroviejo (Team INEOS) +34"
13. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +39"

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