'Just a stupid mistake' – Geraint Thomas unscathed after late crash at Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia: Geraint Thomas before stage 19
Giro d'Italia: Geraint Thomas before stage 19 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Geraint Thomas had dealt comfortably with the hardest part of the day, the sudden surge in pace on the climb of Cima Sappada, but a moment's inattention over the top of the climb almost proved costly in the finale of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia.

The steady rain and rugged terrain notwithstanding, the pink jersey group had endured a relatively comfortable afternoon in Friuli, but Thomas endured a late scare when he was sent sprawling to the ground after he clipped the rear wheel of Antonio Tiberi (Bahrain Victorious) with a shade under 6km to go.

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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.