‘Devastated’ Geraint Thomas set to finish second in Giro d’Italia after falling 14 seconds behind Primoz Roglic in penultimate stage; British rider Thomas, bidding to become race’s oldest winner at 37, had led Slovenian Roglic by 26 seconds; final processional stage in Rome on Sunday
Primoz Roglic is poised to win the Giro d’Italia after taking the lead from Geraint Thomas on the penultimate stage Primoz Roglic will be crowned Giro d’Italia champion on Sunday after snatching the overall lead from Britain’s Geraint Thomas on the penultimate stage of the three-week race.
Slovenian rider Roglic overcame brief mechanical trouble to win the 18.6km mountain time-trial by an emphatic 40 seconds from Thomas and take a 14-second lead into Sunday’s largely processional race around Rome.
Thomas, who was bidding to become the oldest winner of the race at 37, is set to finish second, with Portugal’s Joao Almeida poised to fill out the podium. Speaking to Eurosport after congratulating Roglic, Thomas said: "If you’d told me in February or March [I’d be second] I’d have bitten your hand off but now I’m devastated.
"I could feel my legs going a kilometre and a half from the top. I don’t want to make excuses but I didn’t feel like I had that real grunt.
"It was nice to lose by that much rather than a second or two. That would be worse. At least he smashed me. Primoz deserves that, he had a mechanical and he put 40 seconds into me. Chapeau."
Jumbo-Visma rider Roglic […]