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Geraint Thomas faces ‘first big test’ as Giro d’Italia hits the Alps

Geraint Thomas faces 'first big test' as Giro d'Italia hits the Alps

In the end, it was the rarest of things, a quiet day on the Giro d’Italia. Amid a race of such untold attrition, Geraint Thomas and the bulk of the gruppo must have been grateful for a small mercy like this on the road to Rivoli on stage 12.

For Ineos, a day where nothing happened must have felt like heaven after the trauma of the previous afternoon, when Tao Geoghegan Hart crashed out of the race with a broken hip, an incident in which Thomas was himself an unscathed faller.

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