Britain’s Geraint Thomas was compelled to tug out of the Giro d’Italia due to a fractured hip.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider, 34, crashed simply earlier than the beginning of Monday’s third stage after a drinks bottle turned lodged below his entrance wheel.
A scan on Monday was inconclusive however a second on Tuesday confirmed a fracture.
Welshman Thomas accomplished Monday’s stage however misplaced greater than 12 minutes, successfully ending his hopes of successful the race.
“It is so irritating. I would put a lot work in to this race,” mentioned Thomas, who received the Tour de France in 2018.
“I did the whole lot I might and really feel like I used to be in simply nearly as good, if not higher, form than after I received the Tour. I used to be feeling actually good. So for it simply to finish like that is gutting.
“I wakened and needed to begin with the boys and at the least assist them go for levels over the subsequent few days, however deep down I knew one thing wasn’t proper, so we went to get these further scans.
“It does make the choice simpler when there is a fracture in some methods, as a result of clearly I do not need to do any extra harm.”
Thomas was among the many favourites to win this 12 months’s Giro earlier than his crash throughout the neutralised zone in the beginning of Monday’s mountainous stage as much as Mount Etna.
He gave the impression to be using comfortably regardless of badly torn package and touchdown on his hip.
However Thomas slipped again from the peloton about 25km from the top of the stage.
Ineos Grenadiers physician Phil Riley mentioned on Tuesday: “Geraint had an MRI and a CT scan this morning which revealed a small undisplaced fracture within the decrease a part of the pelvis, which wasn’t picked up on the X-rays yesterday.
“As a precaution, he shall be withdrawn from the race because it’s an damage that might simply be aggravated.”
What now for Thomas and Ineos?
Thomas’ withdrawal is a serious blow for Ineos, whose run of 5 successive Tour victories ended final month after defending champion Egan Bernal deserted the race when he misplaced seven minutes to leaders on stage 15.
Ineos should now determine on a brand new chief for the remainder of the Giro, with Tao Geoghegan Hart their highest-placed rider within the normal classification at three minutes 19 seconds off the lead.
For Thomas himself, having to tug out of one other Grand Tour is bitterly disappointing.
Within the build-up to this 12 months’s Giro, he had spoken about his burning want to handle his “unfinished business” with the race, having been compelled to withdraw in 2017 after one other crash past his management.
Thomas missed this 12 months’s Tour to be able to think about the Giro and his preparations had gone properly as he completed second on the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race and fourth within the Highway World Championships time trial.
Having been denied one other probability to win a second Grand Tour, Thomas should now heal from the most recent in an extended line of accidents and use this ache to gasoline his dedication to come back again stronger subsequent season.