Geraint Thomas does not start in 2019: withdrawal in Tirreno

Stomach problems left the Welsh with no possibilities. In the Strade he had good level (12th), but in the Race of the Two Seas he has had problems again.

Geraint Thomas got off his bike on Saturday in the fourth stage of the Adriatic Tirreno. The Welshman, winner of the Tour 2018, revealed that he has been sick for several days and that on this day he already noticed that he could not continue. "I've been struggling with stomach problems for a couple of days, I wanted to try it but, as soon as we got to the first climb, I knew it was not right" , explained Sky's on the British team's website.

A new problem for Thomas, who after the internal conflict for his participation in the Giro, does not seem to be at the level of last year. Although he left good impressions in the Strade Bianche (finished 12th), in this Tyrrhenian he could not shine: "I could have followed, but he would not have done me any favors. We agreed on the way that it was better to stop and rest I'll go home, I'll have a couple of easy days and then I'll train again early next week. "

Previously, Thomas's reappearance is scheduled for the Itzulia (April 8) . Compared with his career last year, it is true that at this time he had a similar number of kilometers, but had already won a stage (in Algarve, where he was second overall) . In this 2019, his position in the sterratto has been the highlight for a cyclist who usually adds victories in the first section of the season (since 2015, by this time he had always won some victory) .

Thomas has made variations in his calendar In 2018, barely made classics (he fell in Paris-Roubaix), was not ahead in Romandía and was in the Dauphiné when he showed that he would reach the Tour in optimal conditions. In 2019, on his way to France are Amstel, Flecha Valona, Liège, Romandía and Switzerland.

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