Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) won Saturday’s queen stage in the Tour de Romandie as Geraint Thomas crashed in the final metres to let victory slip away.
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Woods edged Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen) to win stage four, while Thomas fell in the battle to the line to finish third.
As the leaders approached the ski-station finish in Thyon at the end of the final climb on a mountainous 161.3 km ride from Syon, Thomas rode for the line but lost his grip on his handlebars and fell.
“To deck it there, I feel like a right whopper,” Thomas said.
Woods overtook and crossed the line, celebrating victory and grabbing the overall lead, while Thomas was still climbing back on his bike, having missed a chance of taking the stage and control of the race.
“I had no feeling whatsoever in my hands and I tried to change gear but instead I just lost the bars,” Thomas said. “It’s so frustrating because even if I had just stayed in that gear and just come second. I just want to win a stage.”
Woods leads Thomas by 11 seconds ahead of the final stage, a 16.2km time trial around Freiburg on Sunday.
Marc Soler, the race leader before the start of this fourth stage, slipped to fourth, 33 seconds behind Woods.