Video: Team Sky count cost as bad luck continues with Basque crash

Posted on: April 10th, 2019

The crash took out three Team Sky riders; Geraint Thomas among them. It was another bit of bad luck for the Welshman.


Having endured a challenging opening period to the season with its top riders, Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, Team Sky’s bad luck continued today at Tour of the Basque Country.

Geraint Thomas crashed in the same pile-up that also took down team mates Michał Kwiatkowski and Jonathan Castroviejo.

Kwiatkowski had started the day 3rd overall just 10 seconds off the yellow jersey and Thomas was 11th at 42 seconds.

However, after the crash with 6km to go on stage 3, Kwiatkowski lost 9:28. And Geraint Thomas relinquished 5:46. Both are now well out of the general classification hunt.

Castroviejo was worse; unable to finish and taken off to hospital from the crash scene.

Team Sky said Kwiatkowski and Thomas are now “fine”. But their team mate has a suspected fracture, according to team medic Dr Iñigo Sarriegui.

“Jonathan is having a scan to check that there is no major injury but I suspect he has fractured his right clavicle,” he said.

“The scan will show if there are any other associated injuries. We will know more after that.”

Those comments were made in the hours after the stage. An update that would confirm or rule out a fracture was awaited at the time of writing.

But for the usually well-drilled machine-like Team Sky, today’s incident – particularly Geraint Thomas’s involvement – extends what has been a testing couple of months for its two top riders.

Thomas not only crashed today, he was also recently snowed out of his altitude training in Tenerife just after having to abandon Tirreno-Adriatico due of illness.

And those mishaps have hit him at a time when he said he was suffering in races because his condition was behind where it normally is at this time of year.

He said the demands on his time for about six months after his Tour de France win last July meant less training and no rest.

For Froome, things have been similarly patchy of late. He was impacted by a crash at Tour Colombia, ending his hopes in that race.

And after his racing and training trip to that country, he scrapped other racing plans, including UAE Tour, because of fatigue.

When he returned to racing, at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, he suffered another crash; his team mates not waiting for him as they were working for Egan Bernal.

And because his season has not gone to plan so far, Froome has added the Tour of the Alps to his schedule as he builds towards the Tour, which he will be trying to win for a fifth time.