Geraint Thomas sees Tirreno-Adriatico lead slip after untimely mechanical

Geraoint Thomas suffered a mechanical near the end of stage 4 at Tirreno-Adriatico

The four-letter expletive was probably all Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) needed to provide in terms of a post-race interview. After conceding the leader’s jersey in unfortunate circumstances on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico , the single word eloquently, if not a little brashly, perfectly seemed to sum up the Welshman’s afternoon. When he finally composed himself atop the snow-banked summit finish at Sassotetto, the Welshman could finally begin to consider what had just happened after a frantic last few kilometers saw the race turn on its head. With five kilometers to go Thomas and his Team Sky cohorts looked comfortable. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and a small raiding party had gone clear, but with the GC threats kept at close quarters Team Sky would have been forgiven for letting their minds drift towards their post-stage warm-downs and those fabled pillows. When Mikel Landa (Movistar) attacked, and then Chris Froome ...

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