Tour de France 2015: Geraint Thomas hits phone pole (Video)

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Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas had an unfortunate accident during the 16th stage of the Tour de France.

After teammate Chris Froome had a fan throw urine on him during stage 14 of the 2015 Tour de France, Geraint Thomas was fairly vocal. He chastised fans and spectators for being abusive and putting the safety of the riders at risk.

A few days later, Thomas inflicted some abuse upon himself when he failed to adequately navigate a corner during Stage 16.

As you can see, Thomas found himself in an unenviable position heading into the turn. Forced to the outside of the course by French rider Warren Barguil, Thomas was unable to turn his cycle or slow down adequately. Subsequently, he went headlong into a telephone pole and stumbled down an embankment before coming to a rest.

The accident occurred during the Col de Manse stage of the race, a stage that has been the scene of many important events during the Tour de France. That included Lance Armstrong having to ride through the French country-side in order to avoid a falling Joseba Belocki in 2003 and the aforementioned Froome almost getting taken out by Alberto Contador in 2013. Both men made it out okay, but it required a little bit of ingenuity, like this off-track racing by Armstrong.

This year’s edition of the Tour de France has already seen some interesting moments, including the Froome/Urine incident, the cow crossing during Stage 11, and a tremendous crash during Stage 3. With seven stages left after completion of today’s, there is undoubtedly much more fun to come.

(h/t SB Nation)

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