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Thomas Withdraws From Giro With Broken Pelvis

Britain's Geraint Thomas competes during third stage of the Giro d'Italia, tour of Italy cycling race from Enna to Etna, Sicily, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Britain's Geraint Thomas competes during third stage of the Giro d'Italia, tour of Italy cycling race from Enna to Etna, Sicily, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Geraint Thomas withdrew from the Giro dItalia before Tuesdays fourth stage after breaking his pelvis in a fall a day earlier.

CATANIA, Sicily: Geraint Thomas withdrew from the Giro dItalia before Tuesdays fourth stage after breaking his pelvis in a fall a day earlier.

Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France champion, crashed in the neutral zone before Mondays stage after getting a water bottle caught in his front wheel. Racing with his Ineos Grenadiers uniform ripped in several places, the Welsh rider lost more than 12 minutes in the challenging stage, which finished atop the Mount Etna volcano.

Before Mondays stage, Thomas was third overall, the best placed of the overall favorites after a strong time trial in the opening leg. By the end of the day he was in 53rd place, more than 11 minutes behind Portuguese leader Joo Almeida.

Its been a difficult year for Thomas, who was dropped from Ineos Tour team.

Thomas was also unfortunate in his previous Giro appearance three years ago, withdrawing after he was injured in a crash involving a police motorbike.

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