Thomas 'all OK' after crash, set for Tour de France
Tour de France winner Britain's Geraint Thomas, left, reacts with Britain's Chris Froome on the Champs Elysees avenue after the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:32AM EDT
BASEL, Switzerland -- Geraint Thomas says he is "all OK" after crashing in the Tour de Suisse cycling race and is optimistic about defending his Tour de France title next month.
The British rider says in a Twitter post he hit his head and needed stitches above his eye after hitting the road with about 30 kilometres (18 miles) left in the fourth stage of the nine-day race in Switzerland.
Thomas, who was forced to withdraw from the race, says it "just means I'll need some big training rides next week" as he prepares for the Tour de France, which starts July 6.
Thomas rides for Team INEOS, who lost four-time Tour champion Chris Froome to a season-ending accident last week in the Criterium du Dauphine.