Geraint Thomas puts World Championships disappointment down to technology
Double Olympic champion Geraint Thomas revealed a technology failure hampered his podium hopes, after finishing fourth in the men's elite time trial at the Road World Championships. Thomas won Olympic team pursuit gold at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games
Great Britain's Geraint Thomas competes in the Men's Elite Individual Time Trial at the UCI 2020 Road World Championships in Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on September 25, 2020
The 34-year-old - competing in his first ever time trial at the Worlds - led the ranks for some time after posting a time of 36:31, but was pegged back in the closing stages and finished eight seconds behind Switzerland's Stefan Küng in third.
Filippo Ganna became the first Italian male to win a world time trial title, taking the gold medal on home soil ahead of Belgium's Wout van Aert in second.
While Thomas showed impressive form throughout the 31.7km Imola course, there was further cause for optimism for the 2018 Tour de France winner after he announced he was left to rely on pure instinct out on the road.
"I was riding completely blind," Thomas said. "I don't want to make excuses but I had no Garmin out there, so no clues about distance, power or time.
'Only issue was that I had no Garmin!' - Thomas reveals he was riding blind
"The technology helps a lot with staying in focus and staying on the pedals, but the legs seemed pretty good and my pace judgement wasn't too bad.
"I would've liked to have medalled but that's how it is and I'm pretty happy with how it went, considering."
Thomas will miss Sunday's road race to instead link up with Ineos Grenadiers' bubble ahead of a tilt at the Giro d'Italia, which runs between October 3-25.