The Tour de France has been tough on the head, says Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)
Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

After losing over half an hour on the first Alpine stage 8 of this year’s Tour de France – and with it any hope of winning – Geraint Thomas admitted that this year’s race had been draining on his mental strength as much as his legs.

The Welshman came into the Tour de France with realistic aims of at least finishing on the podium but the 2018 winner crashed hard on stage 3 and dislocated his shoulder. It briefly looked as though his entire race was over but he received medical treatment at the side of the road and finished the stage. 

However, after a lukewarm time trial on stage 5, he was momentarily distanced on the intermediate stage 7. That was a warning of things to come with the 35-year-old one of the many riders who lost contact with the yellow jersey group early on stage 8 to Le Grand Bornand. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.