Geraint Thomas abandons Tokyo Olympics road race

Team GB down to just three riders in the men’s event

The men's Team GB squad at the Tokyo Olympics
The men's Team GB squad at the Tokyo Olympics
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Geraint Thomas has abandoned the Tokyo Olympics men’s road race.

The Welshman was caught in a crash in the opening 100km of the brutal course around Mount Fuji.

After holding onto the peloton during the biggest climb of the day, Thomas abandoned the race as he passed the finish line for the first time, 60km from the finish.

Thomas and Team GB team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart were both caught in a crash 156km from the finish, with Thomas coming off worse in the fall.

After visiting the medical car, Thomas was able to chase back on and rejoin the peloton before the Fuji Sanroku climb, the biggest climb of the day.

Thomas was just about able to hold his position in the bunch, but was consistently seen right at the tail end of the peloton.

After surviving the climb, Thomas stayed with the race until he crossed the finish line at the Fuji International Speedway for the first time, 60km from the finish, where he stepped off the bike. 

Thomas's departure leaves just three Team GB riders still in the race - Geoghegan Hart, as well as Simon and Adam Yates.

Thomas has had a rough few weeks, after he crashed on stage three of the 2021 Tour de France, suffering a dislocated shoulder in the fall. 

He battled through and was able to finish the race, but did not feature in the general classification as hoped, but instead helped guide Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Richard Carapaz to third place overall. 

Thomas had been hoping for redemption in the men's road race at the Olympics, the first cycling event of the games, after the disappointment he suffered in Rio in 2016. 

He had been part of the leading group in that race in Brazil, before he crashed and missed out on a podium spot.

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It wasn't to be this year for Thomas either however, who will also be representing Team GB in the men's time trial next week.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.