Thomas hit the asphalt during the neutralized opening phase, after which the start of the stage was even postponed.
The Welshman, winner of the Tour de France in 2018, got back on the bike after his crash with a torn uniform. Moments later, he rejoined the peloton and the starting shot was given. It is unclear what the physical damage is to Thomas.
The incident comes at a bad time for the big favorite. The classification riders have to work hard on Monday. The Giro is still young, but the first uphill finish is already on the program. The finish line is not just any climb. The meet is at the top of the Etna volcano.
Thomas started the Giro excellently on Saturday. In the time trial of the opening day, he set the fourth fastest time. He thus took loads of time on his rivals. He took 26 seconds on Simon Yates, 1 minute and 5 seconds on Wilco Kelderman and 1 minute and 21 seconds on Steven Kruijswijk.
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