Welshman Geraint Thomas was taken down in a crash on the Cipressa climb, scuppering his plans to go on the attack in Milan-San Remo
Geraint Thomas was the last rider to arrive at the Team Sky bus and was the last off to leave for home, but it was not supposed to be that way in Italy’s Milan-San Remo classic today. Thomas fell in a pile-up 30 kilometres from the finish and before the Cipressa climb.
The recent Paris-Nice winner landed on his hip and showed just a spot of blood on his right side, but explained that he is okay.
“I hit my left side, I went down on a bit of a lip,” Thomas told Cycling Weekly.
“I was just out of position a bit, so I was moving up on the right, and the next thing you know, everyone has crashed in front of me. I braked and manage to cut off most of my speed, but there was nowhere to go with a big wall and drain to the side. I hit my hip, but I’m fine really.”
Thomas began the 295-kilometre monument as one of Sky’s leaders. He and Kwiatkowski were due to strike on the Poggio climb to win or to allow Ben Swift to sit back. Kwiatkowski did so regardless with a solo move and Swift followed through with second place behind Frenchman Arnaud Démare (FDJ).
“I was going to go a bit earlier maybe [than Kwiatkowski] and try to draw everyone out, and make it hard for the bottom. Obviously to have my chance, but then if I came back, he was going to hit over. Still, it was great to see Swifty get a result because he deserves that,” Thomas said.
He pointed down to his right side where he landed and finished eating a Quinoa mix Sky’s team helpers prepared while he showered.
“It’s annoying,” Thomas added. “You spend all day eating and just staying out of the wind, and the next thing you know, you don’t get to race when it happens.”
Thomas heads to Spain to race with Chris Froome in the Volta a Catalunya starting Monday. His next one-day race is the Tour of Flanders in two weeks.