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Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France following crash

Geraint Thomas wearing the yellow jersey during the Tour de France Credit: PA photo

Geraint Thomas is out of the Tour De France after suffering a suspected broken collarbone during a crash.

The 31 year old came off his bike during a descent on stage 9 of the race - between Nantua and Chambery - on Sunday.

It's a blow to Team Sky and Chris Froome, who's bidding to win his fourth Tour crown this year.

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Geraint Thomas: It couldn't have gone any better so far

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Team Sky have hailed their best start to a Tour de France yet after taking over the top two spots in the general classification at the end of stage three.

For a team that have dominated the Tour over recent years, that is a statement that will make the hearts of rivals sink but it is hard to argue with.

Wales' Geraint Thomas remains in yellow following his opening day victory, Chris Froome is up to second place - 12 seconds back - after picking up time on the final climb of Monday's stage, and Michal Kwiatkowski is hanging on in eighth place, 32 seconds down.

To have the jersey from the start is a massive benefit. It really gives us that freedom to ride at the front and not work too hard to defend it. With so many bunch sprints the onus is on the other teams to pull (the breaks) back. Everyone is riding really well, and hopefully that can continue.

It's still a long way to Paris, there's still 18 days to go, but it's a great start and obviously for myself a dream. It couldn't have gone any better.

– Geraint Thomas, Team Sky

Team Sky intact after dramatic crash

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Team Sky survived a scare in the Tour de France on Sunday as five riders hit the deck but emerged largely unscathed, with the yellow jersey still on Geraint Thomas' back and Chris Froome fit to continue.

A crash a little over 30 kilometres from the end of Sunday's 203.5km stage two from Dusseldorf to Liege threatened to upend Sky's brilliant start to the Tour as Thomas and Froome hit the deck along with Luke Rowe, Christian Knees and Michal Kwiatkowski.

While Thomas was quickly back on his way to retain the leader's jersey, Knees and Kwaitkowski were able to pace Froome back to the peloton despite a bike change - and none of them suffered more than a little lost skin.

Welsh cyclists help Chris Froome to Tour de France victory

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Welsh cyclists Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe helped Chris Froome to victory in the final stage of the Tour de France.

Cardiff's Geraint Thomas finished in 15th place after falling from fourth in the 19th stage of the race.

Chris Froome won the Tour de France for a second time after a ceremonial final stage in Paris.

Froome's defence of the 2013 title ended with a broken hand and fractured wrist 12 months ago, but the Team Sky leader responded to win the 102nd Tour by one minute 12 seconds from Nairo Quintana.

Andre Greipel won the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Elysees - his fourth stage success of the race - as Mark Cavendish was squeezed out of contention.

A crash in the final kilometre fractured the peloton and Froome's Team Sky squad rolled over the line together to celebrate a third Tour title for the British squad in four years.

After the victory, Froome thanked his eight team-mates including Thomas, who rode alongside Froome through crosswinds, across the cobbles and up mountains.

The 29-year-old from Cardiff was fourth until Friday's 19th stage to La Toussuire, where his efforts took their toll, but he hopes to lead Team Sky in a Grand Tour in future.

Thomas, who finished 15th, said: "It's certainly given me a lot of confidence and encouragement for the future, and I'm really looking forward to it."

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Thomas in push for a podium place

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Welshman Geraint Thomas is entering the final stages of the Tour de France hoping for a podium place as he continues to support race leader Chris Froome.

The Cardiff cyclist is still in fourth

Meanwhile Froome returns to the scene of his attack on Sir Bradley Wiggins hoping to move a step closer to a second Tour de France title.

The 30-year-old Team Sky leader must survive two days in the Alps to claim a second yellow jersey after his win in 2013 and exit following three crashes in two days 12 months ago.

Geraint Thomas jokes with reporters after Tour de France crash

Geraint Thomas told reporters "a nice Frenchman" helped him out of a ditch after his crash in Stage 16 of the Tour de France.

He added he'd lost his glasses in the collision.

Thomas told reporters he'd lost his glasses in the crash Credit: ITV Sport

Later on, Thomas said: "Everyone knows it's a dodgy descent, I just got taken out. One hundred per cent it was a mistake.

"We were just coming into a tight right, Barguil just came straight into me. Nothing you can do there."

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