‘Chris Froome is a big loss but the team’s still strong’ says Geraint Thomas ahead of Tour de France title defence

The Welshman also admitted that he "didn't feel great" after the opening stage one time trial at the Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas during the Tour de Romandie 2019 closing time trial (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

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Geraint Thomas (Ineos) has said he hopes his team-mate Chris Froome can get back on his bike quickly after the four-time Tour de France champion was placed in intensive care following his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Speaking after a strong showing at the opening stage one time trial at the Tour de Suisse, where the Welshman is preparing to defend his Tour de France title come July, Thomas said Froome's crash is something that is never nice to hear "especially when it's a close friend", but that in order to race you have to try and put these sorts of incidents "out of your mind".

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