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Thomas loses spleen

Welsh rider Geraint Thomas has had to have his spleen removed following a training accident on Thursday in Sydney. Thomas, a Junior World Champion in 2004, was riding with his British teammates when he hit some debris that fell out of a passing vehicle. "It chopped his forks completely off and the top of the handlebar backed him right in the chest and ruptured him internally, ruptured his spleen," said British U23 coach Rod Ellingworth to AP. "He had the operation early this morning [Saturday]. A few things happened within an hour late last night so they thought they had to get it out."

Thomas is expected to spend the next two weeks in hospital, but will make a full recovery. The 18 year-old will be visited by family members, who will fly in from Wales on Sunday.

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