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Geraint Thomas taken out in mass pile up after crash with police motorbike during Giro d'Italia - but rides on

Mirror logo Mirror 15/05/2017 Mick Gadd

Credits: Eurosport © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Eurosport Team Sky's Geraint Thomas will race on in the Giro d'Italia despite his chances being left in tatters by a dramatic crash.

The Olympic gold medalist and several of his Sky colleagues were brought down after a rider in front of his collided with a stationary police motorbike.

Thomas, along with Orica-Scott's Adam Yates, were felled in the crash at the foot of the climb when a stationary police motorbike at the side of the road caused a big pile-up.

Thomas hurt his right shoulder and his back was covered in grazes after the fall but he rejoined the race several minutes later.

Credits: Eurosport © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Eurosport "I've had worse crashes," Thomas said. "My shoulder is sore but it's nothing I can't deal with. There's a lot more racing to be had so we'll get stuck in."

He was less diplomatic in quotes reported by BBC.

"It's ridiculous and shouldn't happen," he said.

"We lost five minutes but I felt like I lost three or four of those on the side of the road.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty "There are still stages to go for and we might still be able to move up into the top 10 or better."

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: "These things happen in sport.

"You've just got to stay calm and not over-react. Obviously there's emotion but my role here is to keep the guys calm, assess the situation and look at how we go on from here."

At the front of the field Nairo Quintana took the overall lead by winning the first big mountain stage.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali broke on the brutal 13.6-km ascent up the Blockhaus.

Yates finished four minutes 38 seconds behind and Thomas's ordeal ended over five minutes after Quintana finished.

Monday is a a rest day while Tuesday's 10th stage is a 39.8-km individual time trial.

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