Olympic24: Heavy crash for Thomas, Froome keeps lead

Olympic24: Heavy crash for Thomas, Froome keeps lead

21 July 2015 / 06:41

Geraint Thomas suffers heavy crash on stage 16 of Tour de France but teammate Chris Froome avoids trouble to keep lead. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Welshman Geraint Thomas still manages to complete stage despite crashing into lamp post, while Chris Froome retains yellow jersey in Tour de France
  • Andy Murray reflects on unforgettable Davis Cup experience
  • Thomas Pidcock aims to emulate heroes and earn success for Team GB
  • Stef Collins reflects back on career on the court so far

Thomas in the wars, Froome unscathed


Geraint Thomas remains upbeat despite coming off his bike and hitting a lamp post on stage 16 of this year’s Tour de France.

After what appeared like being a relatively uneventful 201km stage from Bourg-de-Peage to Gap. Thomas had fans’ hearts in their mouths after French rider Warren Barguil got his line wrong and clipped the Welsh rider.

The Team Sky rider went head first into the post before then getting back in the saddle and retaining sixth in the general classification.

"I feel all right for now - I guess the doctor will ask me my name and date of birth soon,” said Thomas.

"A nice Frenchman pulled me out - but I lost my glasses as well. They don't even make them any more."

Spain's Ruben Plaza held off green jersey leader Peter Sagan to win the stage in Gap as Britain's Chris Froome retained his overall lead.

Murray weary but happy


Andy Murray admits he will take a few days away from the court after his mammoth efforts in helping Great Britain into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup.

Murray, who has reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon this year, won the decisive single rubber against Gilles Simon on Sunday to ensure Britain’s best progress for 34 years.

“It's not easy playing three such big matches within three days, it is challenging and now I need to make sure I manage my body well, listen to my team and get as much rest as possible,” he said in his BBC Sport column.

“It's been a long first seven months of the year. I don't think I've ever played this much tennis in my life at this stage of a season and it has been tough.

“The Davis Cup crowds at Queen's Club and in Glasgow this year have been unbelievable, the sort of experiences I will never forget. They played a huge part in both ties and the whole team are incredibly grateful for the support.”

Pidcock primed for big moment

Thomas Pidcock

Yorkshire's Thomas Pidcock is hoping this month’s European Youth Olympic Festival will be the first step on his way to emulating his cycling heroes.

The Roundhay youngster counts the likes of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins among those that have inspired him to pursue a life on the bike.

And this month he will have the chance to show his potential after being selected as part of Team GB’s squad that will head to Tbilisi, Georgia to take on the best youngsters from around the continent.

“I didn’t have a great start to the season and had an infected knee in April so my performances weren’t the best,” he said.

“But to represent Team GB is such a huge honour and I am so looking forward to it and hopefully I can do my country proud.” Read more here.

Collins has no intentions to slow down despite milestone

Stef Collins

She may have racked up over 100 appearances for Great Britain but basketball player Stef Collins admits each game still feels as special as the first.

London 2012 Olympian Collins and teammate Chantelle Handy will see their century of Great Britain appearances recognised in a special presentation during the men's Test match against New Zealand at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

"It is difficult to put it all into words," said Collins, who is now on 125 appearances. "This game has provided me with endless opportunities and it has helped shape my values and beliefs. And, I'm hopeful there is still more to come.

"The highlight was the London 2012 Olympics as that summer was certainly one to remember. It continues to give me goosebumps every time I think about stepping onto that court on the Olympic Park."

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