Tour de France 2015: Geraint Thomas Crashes, Plaza Wins
Tour de France 2015 witnessed a most spectacular crash as Britain’s Geraint Thomas collided with Warren Barguil on the final descent of the 16th stage.
The team sky-rider hit at a telegraph post, then fell on the side of the road but came back sharply on his bike.
Spain’s Ruben Plaza held off Peter Sagan, who led the green jerseys to win the stage in gap. Britain’s Chris Froome retained his overall lead.
Sagan, for the fifth time in this year’s tour, finished second.
Tuesday is the rest day of the competition. The tour restarts on Wednesday with a 161 km stage to kick off at Digne-les-Bains.
French rider Barguil got his line wrong on a corner and ran into the Welshman during the 201 km stage from Bourg-de-Peage to Gap.
Barguil managed to stay on track as Thomas was drawn toward some spectators standing on the outside of the bend.
Thomas, who still managed to retain the sixth place in the general classification, said, “Everyone knows it’s a dodgy descent, I just got taken out – 100% it was a mistake.
“I feel all right for now – I guess the doctor will ask me my name and date of birth soon. A nice Frenchman pulled me out – but I lost my glasses as well. They don’t even make them any more.”
Earlier, Andre Greipel of Germany made it a hat trick of Tour De France stage wins on Sunday as he won the 183 km 15th stanza from Mende to Valence, despite three stitches in his left knee.