Geraint Thomas was caught up in a crash with his Ineos team-mates in the closing kilometres of stage eight of the Tour de France 2019.
Television pictures showed a number of Ineos riders coming round a corner when an EF Education First rider lost their wheel and sent the group crashing to the floor. Michał Kwiatkowski was able to put Thomas' chain back on his undamaged bike and send him off.
He then immediately began chasing down the peloton, with Gianni Moscon left standing by the side of the road alongside his bike which was snapped in two.
Wout Poels dug deep to bring Thomas as close as he could to the back of the peloton, with the Welshman having to do his own work as he took a few minutes to get back onto the bunch.
Egan Bernal was not caught up in the crash, and stayed in the front group to protect Ineos' overall classification ambitions. Thomas later said he was "fine" after the crash but frustrated with the time he lost to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who escaped with Julian Alaphilippe to gain 20 seconds over the main bunch.
Both Thomas and Bernal safely finished in the main bunch to stay within the top-10 overall at 1-12 and 1-16 respectively.
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