'We expected chaos': Ineos Grenadiers survive to fight on at Tour de France

Geraint Thomas crashes, but loses only 13 seconds to Pogačar as cobbles wreak Tour havoc

Geraint Thomas on the cobbles at the Tour de France
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Geraint Thomas was being as philosophical as he could be after a crash put paid to his hopes of a stage win on the Tour de France pavé. He came down in a sizeable crash alongside Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious), and rather than fighting for the win, ended up fighting his rear derailleur — and to conserve time.

"We were expecting a bit of chaos and yeah, that happened," he said through a faceful of grime at the finish. "I wasn't planning on crashing but we knew that sort of stuff can happen. It could have been a lot worse really — we only really lost time to [Tadej] Pogačar."

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