Rio 2016: Road race casualties open time trial door for Thomas


Injuries suffered by riders during the Olympic men's road race have enabled Geraint Thomas to compete for Great Britain in Wednesday's individual time trial.

Vincenzo Nibali - who suffered a broken collarbone - and Sergio Henao were high-profile competitors to crash out on the final Vista Chinesa descent during Saturday's 237.5-kilometre race, with Thomas also suffering a fall.

In the women's event the following day, Annemiek van Vleuten was hurled from her bike through the same section and suffered a concussion and three small spinal fractures, prompting criticism of the course.

Thomas, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, joins Team Sky colleague and Tour de France winner Chris Froome in the start list, but admitted his involvement in the event at Pontal does not come in ideal circumstances.

"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," said Thomas in a statement.

"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 and I'm looking forward to racing again on Wednesday."