Geraint Thomas withdraws from Giro d’Italia – days after Welshman’s hopes of winning Grand Tour went up in smoke following collision with police bike

GERAINT THOMAS will give attention to serving to Chris Froome win a fourth Tour de France after being pressured to tug out of the Giro d’Italia.

The Group Sky ace give up earlier than yesterday’s stage thirteen because of the shoulder and knee accidents he suffered in a crash final Sunday.

 Geraint Thomas was brought down in Sunday's stage nine but managed to stick it out for three more stages

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Geraint Thomas was introduced down in Sunday's stage 9 however managed to stay it out for 3 extra levels

Thomas was caught-up in a pile-up brought on by one other rider clipping a police motorcycle whereas mendacity second general and misplaced over 5 minutes.

The Welshman, 30, stated: “I’ll flip my consideration to the Tour now, and I need to arrive there with nearly as good type as I began the Giro.

 Geraint Thomas was brought down in a pile-up with a police motorbike which also involved Brit Adam Yates

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Geraint Thomas was introduced down in a pile-up with a police motorcycle which additionally concerned Brit Adam Yates

“I’ve been struggling since my crash. I’ve had a problem with my shoulder which is manageable, however my knee has additionally been getting worse every day.

“Clearly it’s by no means good to go away a race early, particularly when it’s your principal aim of the season, however I’ve to take a look at the larger image.

“I'd like to proceed, however it might be a case of making an attempt to outlive every day quite than racing.”

 Geraint Thomas had been hoping to become the first Brit to win the three-week grand tour of Italy - the Giro d'Itlaia

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Geraint Thomas had been hoping to develop into the primary Brit to win the three-week grand tour of Italy – the Giro d'Itlaia

Thomas completed an outstanding second in Tuesday’s time trial however after dropping over a minute in the final two levels – leaving him over six minutes down in fifteenth – has withdrawn.

The double Olympic champ will get well at his Monaco residence earlier than lining-up alongside Froome on July 1 having helped his pal with three Yellow Jerseys.

Colombia's Fernando Gaviria bagged his second stage win in a row and fourth on his Giro debut as he sprinted to victory. Holland's Tom Dumoulin retained the chief's Pink Jersey.

GERAINT THOMAS will give attention to serving to Chris Froome win a fourth Tour de France after being pressured to tug out of the Giro d’Italia.