Welshman slips from fourth to 15th on GC after struggling on stage 19 to La Toussuire

Geraint Thomas compared his Tour de France jour sans as being like “a cheap little Ikea nail”, after he slipped out of fourth place overall on Friday’s 19th stage to La Toussuire.

Thomas dropped to 15th on GC, 27-24 behind team-mate Froome, having finished exactly 22 minutes behind stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) atop the ski resort.

Looking tired, yet nonetheless willing to talk to the media, the Welshman admitted he didn’t think his top five dreams would end on today’s 138-kilometre Alpine stage.

“I don’t even know what happened, actually,” he said. “I was just empty today.

“It [having a bad day] was always going to happen, but I was hoping it was going to come on Monday.  I just didn’t have anything.

“As they say, sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail. I was a cheapy little Ikea one today. It was terrible.”

Thomas was buoyed upon hearing that Movistar’s Nairo Quintana had only gained 32 seconds on Sky team-mate Chris Froome on the 18-kilometre finishing climb.

“That’s all good,” he added. “One more day to go.”

Geraint Thomas: Where it all began

  • John Senior

    Given that Thomas, Rowe and Stannard have done almost all the work for Froome I’m amazed Thomas hasn’t gone earlier. Pouls did a great ride yesterday but has been in the shadow of Thomas and Porte has shown once again why he’s no Grand Tour leader – moaning after stage 18 that he had to drop back when he’d ‘got his climbing legs’ and nowhere on stage 19. As many suspected after the Dauphin Roche hasn’t got it and Konig is obviously (and very predictably) knackered after ToI. As many said Deignan/Boswell – hopefully they’ll both be with Sky next year and Brailsford won’t be trying to keep everyone happy by taking on two tours and trying to win them – best team in France Dave! On a positive note – no pun intended- the lack of consistency by some, the emergence of others does suggest that the peleton is cleaner now than it’s ever been. One stage to go the Tour is still a race and the route has been brilliant – it’s been a race from day 1, Sagan has been outstanding-maybe the rider of the Tour – and the only downside has been the mindless morons spitting at and abusing Froome. They ought to understand how much damage they’re doing to the reputation of The Tour but also of France and the French – it’d be good to hear some of the other riders condemning this behaviour- although I’m sure Froomey won’t be the only victim.
    Hope today lives up to it’s billing – it should be great.

  • Taffywiking

    Danse Macabre? Odd choice of background music…

  • Simon Daw

    Much more likely to be the cumulative effect of slogging it out on the front for nearly three weeks, I’d say! 😉

  • poisonjunction

    Delayed reaction to crash into Telegraph pole?