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Geraint Thomas in doubt to defend Tour de France title after crashing out of Tour de Suisse

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 18/06/2019 Tom Cary
Britain's Geraint Thomas riding for Team Sky waits at the start of the 77km final stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race in central London on September 9, 2018. - Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has signed a new three-year deal with Team Sky, extending his stay until the end of the 2021 season, the team announced on Sunday. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Images Britain's Geraint Thomas riding for Team Sky waits at the start of the 77km final stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race in central London on September 9, 2018. - Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has signed a new three-year deal with Team Sky, extending his stay until the end of the 2021 season, the team announced on Sunday. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Geraint Thomas has crashed out of the Tour of Switzerland just weeks before the Tour de France grand depart in Brussels and six days after his Ineos team-mate Chris Froome’s horrific accident at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The Welshman was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital for further checks. Team Ineos tweeted that their rider was “alert and speaking to the team”, promising further updates in due course.

ARLESHEIM, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 18: Geraint Thomas of United Kingdom and Team INEOS / Egan Arley Bernal of Colombia and Team INEOS / during the 83rd Tour of Switzerland, Stage 4 a 163,9km stage from Murten to Arlesheim 282m / TDS / @tds / #tourdesuisse / on June 18, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images) © Getty Images ARLESHEIM, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 18: Geraint Thomas of United Kingdom and Team INEOS / Egan Arley Bernal of Colombia and Team INEOS / during the 83rd Tour of Switzerland, Stage 4 a 163,9km stage from Murten to Arlesheim 282m / TDS / @tds / #tourdesuisse / on June 18, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Thomas, who won last year’s Tour, is set to lead Team Ineos at next month’s race, with Froome still in intensive care after fracturing his femur, neck, sternum elbow and ribs in a 40mph shunt.

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However, it remains to be seen how serious are his injuries.

The Welshman, 33, was seen sitting up and talking to Ineos staff after the accident, which happened soon after an intermediate sprint on stage four of the Tour of Switzerland. Thomas had started the stage in eighth place.

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