Geraint Thomas suffered a strange fall on stage 16 The Welshman seemed to lose the front wheel in a right-hander, leaving about 130km to go.
Team Ineos leader Thomas may have broken his head and was thrown off his bike and slid across the floor on his left to avoid the rest of the field.
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Thomas was back at the start, but suffered a mechanical shock in the fall and had to wait for his team car until a mechanic provided him with a new machine.
After losing about a minute, his teammates fell back to help the ruler. The champion returned to the track and successfully recaptured the race without much drama.
] He appears to have suffered a grave on his left knee and received some attention from his crew car, but otherwise he has not suffered any further injuries.
The 16th stage should be a relaxing day for that matter. A fight for the overall 177 km, which starts and ends in Nîmes.
Unbelievably hot conditions with temperatures around 40 degrees still make it a brutal day, and there was a possible crosswind that could have split the race later in the stage.
Thomas is currently in second place after an exciting stay in the Pyrénées and is 1'35 behind the surprisingly yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).
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Alaphilippe survived the first high mountains of the race on the Tourmalet and Prat d & # 39; Albis, but tore it in the last 5km of the 15th stage on.
Also, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) seems to be a serious threat to the whole, who has clawed back on consecutive mountain days with attacks into combat.