Britain's hopes of a medal in the Olympic road race came crashing down - as did Geraint Thomas, literally


There'll be no medals for Britain in the Olympic road race as Geraint Thomas crashed out of the competition frustratingly close to the end.

Great Britain's Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas following the Men's Road race (Mike Egerton/PA)
(L-R) Chris Froome and the sore looking back of Geraint Thomas (Mike Egerton/PA)

He looked to be in with a good chance of a medal when he was among a chase group at Copacabana - but then he tumbled to the ground after apparently sliding on concrete drainage on the left side of the road.

And the worst thing about it all? It was SO close to the finish, with just 10 km left to go of the 237.5 km race.

But like a true champ, he picked himself back up again and managed to finish 11th. Fortunately he didn't need any hospital treatment either.

It was a bit disappointing for all Team GBers really, with Chris Froome finishing 12th, Ireland's Dan Martin 13th and Adam Yates 15th - but you'd never be able to tell that from all the support on social media.

Thomas was far from the only one to crash out of the race though - at one point, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, Colombia's Sergio Henao and Poland's Rafal Majka were the top three but then Nibali dramatically hit the deck on the decent and took Henao with him.

But Majka just couldn't hold on to that lead in the final two kilometres and so had to make do with bronze as Belgian's Greg van Avermaet sprinted past to take the gold and Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang took silver.

Gripping stuff to the end.