Geraint Thomas taken to hospital after crashing out of Tour de Suisse 2019

The Ineos rider crashed during stage four of the Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas after crashing during the Tour de Suisse 2019

UPDATE: Geraint Thomas escapes serious injury following Tour de Suisse crash

Geraint Thomas (Ineos) has abandoned the Tour de Suisse after a crash during stage four.

The Tour de France winner came down with 30km remaining, sporting a cut to his right eyebrow, and sitting on the floor as he was attended to by his team and race medical staff.

After sitting up, television pictures showed his back all cut up as well as a nasty graze on his shoulder. The Welshman put a new jersey on before standing up and getting in his team car.

Geraint Thomas' injuries after crashing on stage four of the Tour de Suisse

Andrey Zeits (Astana) was also involved in the crash and was receiving medical attention by the side of the road.

Thomas' Ineos team-mate and fellow Tour de France winner Chris Froome was put in intensive care after crashing on a recon of the stage four time trial of the Critérium du Dauphiné, losing four pints of blood and suffering multiple fractures.

It is not yet known how serious Thomas' injuries are although Team Ineos have said their rider has been taken to hospital for further checks.

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From the television pictures, Thomas was seen getting up off the floor and getting into his team car, meaning that hopefully his injuries are not too serious.

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