Former Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas was involved in a crash during the third stage of the three-week race.
The Ineos-Grenadiers leader fell off his bike with about 145 kilometres left in Monday’s third stage in the Brittany region.
Thomas remained on the ground for a while and looked like he would retire but ultimately went back on his bike.
Tour organisers said the peloton was riding at 43 km/h when the crash took place.
🏴 @GeraintThomas86 has crashed and looks in significant difficulty but he has set off again. 💪
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 28, 2021
Robert Gesink, a teammate of last-year’s runner-up Primoz Roglic, also fell and was forced to abandon.
Thomas, the 2018 champion, struggled at the back of the race afterwards.
— letourdata (@letourdata) June 28, 2021
His teammate Luke Rowe waited for him and the Welsh pair lagged 2 minutes and 30 seconds behind the peloton.
Thomas was 20th overall before the start of the stage, 41 seconds behind race leader Mathieu van der Poel.