Thomas 'all OK' after crash, set for Tour de France

Froome said earlier in the week he was lucky to be alive after the high-speed June 13 crash on a training run before a stage of the Criterium du Dauphine. — Reuters pic

Froome said earlier in the week he was lucky to be alive after the high-speed June 13 crash on a training run before a stage of the Criterium du Dauphine. — Reuters pic

He was withdrawn from the race.

Rohan Dennis from Australia of Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling Team, left, and Egan Bernal from Colombia of Team Ineos, right, climb the Nufenen pass during the ninth and final stage, a 101.5 km race with start and finish in Goms, Switzerland, at the 83rd Tour de Suisse UCI ProTour cycling race, on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

'I hit my head and needed stitches above my eye, so the doctors stopped me getting back on my bike.

He required six-hour long surgery to aid recovery but the four-time Tour victor saw the amusing side as he tweeted a gif hinting at his comeback. An Astana guy crashed in front of him and he couldn't do anything.

Although the crash is a setback in the Welshman's Tour de France preparations, the two-time Olympic gold medallist is confident of reaching peak fitness in time for the race. I landed on my shoulder and my face and there was quite a bit of blood.

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"We will recalibrate and I'm sure my coach Tim (Kerrison) will have a plan in place to ensure I'm ready for July 6".

Thomas rides for Team INEOS, who lost four-time Tour champion Chris Froome to a season-ending accident last week in the Criterium du Dauphine.

The withdrawal in Switzerland will leave Thomas short of race sharpness in France next month but the Team Ineos rider suggested a change in his training schedule will compensate.

Thomas also "suffered abrasions on his shoulder" but no significant injury after passing an initial concussion roadside test and returned to the team hotel on Tuesday evening following scans and X-rays at a local hospital.

Macleod added: "He's been given the all clear which is great but we will continue to monitor him over the next few days".

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