Geraint Thomas on Giro d’Italia road condition: ‘That’s definitely not safe’

Ineos Grenadiers rider shocked at rough roads following crash on Giro d’Italia stage 9

Clock17:29, Sunday 12th May 2024
Not happy: Geraint Thomas on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia

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Not happy: Geraint Thomas on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia

The roads leading into the Naples finish of stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia were unsafe, according to Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers). Speaking to media including GCN shortly after the finish, he said there were, “holes everywhere,” adding that he is “surprised that we race on roads like that.”

Earlier in the race, with 57km to go, Thomas was brought down by a crash, when Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) went down in front of him. Thomas thinks the road surface was a contributing factor:

“Schachmann just slipped in the roundabout or something and was just in front of me. I managed to scrub off a bit of speed, but obviously, you don't want to brake too hard if he's crashed because of it.

“But, no, it was okay — just flipped over the bars, but all good. The boys were straight around me and back in the group pretty quick.”

The crash left Thomas 50 seconds down on the leaders, but with the help of his team, he was back with the group 4km later.

In the final few kilometres, the race entered the city of Naples, and the road surface degraded considerably, with potholes, crumbling tarmac and manhole covers dotted across the course.

Thomas said the road, combined with the increased speed and tension of the finale, made for a dangerous conclusion to the race:

“It's pretty scary when you've got guys like desperate and bouncing diving underneath you and all this and that and then you've got massive holes everywhere.”

“I’m going on a lot about safety at the moment, and that's definitely not safe. But just clowns in the circus aren't we, sometimes?”

Despite the crash and the dangerous run into the finish, Thomas finished the stage with the front group, therefore maintaining his third-place position in the general classifications.

However, with the conditions as they were, he was relieved simply to make it to the end:

“I’m just glad to get through that stage, to be honest.”

Tomorrow is the first rest day of the 2024 Giro d’Italia, and Thomas is looking forward to a break from the Giro d’Italia circus:

“Just happy to get out of this peloton away from everyone, to be honest. [I’m a] Grumpy old man now.”

For everything you need to know about the 2024 Giro d'Italia, from the history of the race to this year's route and start list, be sure to check out our dedicated race hub.

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