Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) has withdrawn from Paris-Nice after sustaining injuries as a result of a heavy fall in the final five kilometres of stage seven on Saturday.
Thomas had started the day in second place overall, just eight seconds behind leader Carlos Betancur (Ag2r). However, a crash near the finale of Saturday's penultimate stage saw him lose well over seven minutes on stage winner Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp) and Betancur - his hopes of a podium placing dashed.
Thomas will now recuperate before taking to the start line of Milan-San Remo on March 23 and commencing his 2014 Spring Classics campaign.
Team Sky confirmed Thomas's withdrawal on Saturday evening, but had earlier issued a statement from the squad's doctor, Richard Usher saying that they would observe him overnight.
"Geraint’s got multiple bruises and abrasions but we’ve cleaned him up and he won’t need a trip to the hospital. He’s travelled back to the hotel with us this evening and we’ll monitor his situation closely overnight."
Nasty crash in final 5km of Saturday's stage sees Geraint Thomas drop well out of top 10 overall
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