Geraint Thomas has reflected with a tinge of disappointment on his ride in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s time trial on Wednesday, where he still managed to place ninth despite only knowing he would take part less than 48 hours beforehand.
Thomas admitted in a post-race interview that he’d been out for a burger with his Great Britain team-mates after Sunday’s road race, and that he hadn’t felt his best over the hilly 54.56km time trial route. During the road race, Thomas had crashed heavily while in the lead group, eventually finishing 11th.
“It was a fight all day today,” Thomas told the BBC. “I just didn’t feel great. I gave it everything and it just wasn’t to be.
When asked about his last-minute call-up, Thomas said: “I had a McDonalds with the road boys on Sunday but Usain Bolt has McDonalds, so I thought ‘why not?’.
“I found out half ten on Monday night, so it was a late call-up but there’s not much that I would have done differently.
“I got stuck in, and gave it everything, but it just wasn’t my day today.”
Thomas finished two minutes and 37 seconds down on gold medallist Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland). Dutchman Tom Dumoulin took silver, with Britain’s Chris Froome in the bronze medal position to take GB’s first medal in the cycling events in Rio.
Attention now turns to the track on Thursday, when Great Britain’s team pursuit squads will be in action during qualifying sessions in the velodrome. Thomas took gold medals for the team pursuit in the 2008 and 2012 Games before switching his focus to the road.