Geraint Thomas on Rio time trial ride: 'I was eating McDonalds with the road boys on Sunday'

Geraint Thomas hints that his preparation for a last-minute call-up for the Rio Olympics time trial may not have been ideal

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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?'.

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"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.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.