Rio Olympics 2016: Geraint Thomas joins Chris Froome for time trial

Geraint Thomas

Thomas (right) has two track cycling gold medals from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics

Geraint Thomas will represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games time trial alongside three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome on Wednesday.

Britain initially qualified only one ride for the event in Pontal, Rio.

The 30-year-old Welshman’s inclusion comes after several competitors from other nations suffered crashes in the road race on Saturday and withdrew.

“I’m looking forward to racing again on Wednesday,” said Thomas, who also crashed but is fit to race.

“Whilst I’m thrilled to represent my country in a second event in Rio, the circumstances surrounding my inclusion are unfortunate and I’d like to wish all those who withdrew through injury a quick recovery.

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“I lost quite a lot of skin in my crash and my hip took a pretty big knock, but other than that my legs are feeling good.”

Australia’s Richie Porte and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy are among those to have withdrawn following crashes in the road race on Saturday, which left them both with fractures – Nibali a double collarbone break, and Porte a shoulder blade.

Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten also went to hospital with severe concussion and three small fractures in her lower back after crashing as she led the women’s race on Sunday.

Britain’s Froome is one of the favourites for Wednesday’s time trial, which takes place on a 54.5km course that includes the Grumari climbs, which featured in Saturday’s road race.

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