Geraint Thomas caught in final 2km crash at Tour de France 2019

The Welshman was involved in the collision but won’t lose time

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Geraint Thomas was caught in a crash in the final 2km of stage one of the 2019 Tour de France.

The reigning champion crashed against a barrier but will not lose time as the collision happened inside the final three kilometres.

Team Ineos confirmed that Thomas fell but was able to quickly remount.

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Egan Bernal was also held up in the crash but also will not lose time.

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The British WorldTour team said on Twitter: “A fast finish in Brussels has seen a late crash, with Geraint Thomas going down against a barrier, but quickly remounting.

“Egan Bernal was held up behind but all riders were within the final 3km, so won’t lose time.”

The crash came the peloton powered its way to the final sprint on the opening stage of the Tour de France 2019, with riders touching wheels near the front of the race.

Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen was the biggest casualty, as the fall took him out of contention for the stage win.

With riders spread across the road, those caught behind were forced to filter through the chaos.

The replay of the crash shows a Team Ineos rider, believed to be Thomas, being forced into the barrier on the right hand side of the road and falling.

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He quickly picked up his bike and was able to remount.

Thomas finished the stage in 111th place, 1-52 after the stage winner Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) who took a surprise victory over Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

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But Thomas will be given the same time as the stage winner, as the crash happened inside the final 3km.

Bernal also finished a long way behind the winner, in 81st place but again won't be deducted any time.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.