Geraint Thomas left to rue missing Garmin after fourth-place finish in Worlds time trial

IMOLA ITALY SEPTEMBER 25 Geraint Thomas Wales of The United Kingdom during the 93rd UCI Road World Championships 2020 Men Elite Individual Time Trial a 317km race from Imola to Imola Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari ITT ImolaEr2020 Imola2020 on September 25 2020 in Imola Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Geraint Thomas of The United Kingdom finished fourth at the 2020 UCI Road World Championships Men Elite Individual Time Trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) has long tended to treat triumph and disaster with the same lightness of touch, and it was no different after he placed just shy of the podium in frustrating circumstances at the World Championships time trial in Imola on Friday.

The Welshman had to cover the 31.7km course without any information on his power or speed after his Garmin computer was misplaced before his effort. While he could draw encouragement from his eventual fourth place, just seven seconds off the podium and 37 seconds behind the unassailable Filippo Ganna (Italy), he was left to wonder what he might have achieved had he been able to guide his effort with live data.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.