The Welshman struck the bridge within the first 40 kilometers, crashing violently on his right side. The crash took Jumbo-Visma rider Robert Gesink with a broken collarbone and it looked like Thomas would follow the Dutchman out of the race as he sat on the road in visible discomfort.The race doctor is quickly on the scene and, luckily for Thomas, he only dislocated his shoulder instead of breaking his bones. He received medical attention on the spot and, after a long chase with his teammates, was able to reconnect with the rest of the field.
Tuesday, just before the start of stage 4 from Redon to Fougères, Thomas gave the media a brief update on his condition.
“The shoulder is a bit sore, but hopefully once I start it loosens up a bit. The shoulder will definitely be sore for a few days, but I will continue, ”he said.
“It came out yesterday and luckily the race doctor put it back on when I was on the ground. Then it was instant relief. I felt so much better then. I got back on the bike and managed to finish the stage. “
Although stage 4 promises to be a well-scheduled day for the sprinters, the battle of the Tour de France GC returns to view on Wednesday during stage 5 with a 27.2 km time trial between Change and Laval Espace Mayenne.
Thomas was delayed by another late crash in Stage 3 and conceded 12 seconds to his team-mate and co-leader Richard Carapaz, as well as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). However, he finished around the same time as 2020 winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), while other pre-race favorite Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) lost around a minute.
Thomas is currently 18th in the general classification, 1:07 behind Mathieu van der Poel’s yellow jersey.
“I’m going to take it day to day and then we’ll see,” he said. “We’ll take care of the rest after. “