Geraint Thomas goes from the floor to fourth at Het Nieuwsblad

Geraint Thomas chases, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013

Breathing heavily in the Belgian cold after the finish and with the back of his jersey torn, Geraint Thomas got off his bike and spat out one word to Sky race coach Rod Ellingworth before getting on the Team Sky bus: "Bastards!"

Though frustrated that Luca Paolini and Stijn Vandenbergh had flown the coop to contest Het Nieuwsblad victory, Thomas's fourth place finish in the group behind is the best Classics result of his career.

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