Olympic Cycling: Geraint Thomas hoping for time trial place
By Matt Westby
Last Updated: 07/08/16 5:40pm
Geraint Thomas is hoping to be offered a place in Wednesday’s Olympic Games men's time trial.
Great Britain qualified only one spot for the 54.9km race, which will be taken by gold-medal favourite Chris Froome.
However, some nations could struggle to fill their allocation after several riders sustained serious injuries in crashes during Saturday's Olympic road race.
The most high-profile casualties were Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, who suffered two collarbone fractures, and Australia's Richie Porte, who broke his shoulder blade in a separate incident.
Nations can have a maximum of two entrants in the men's time trial, meaning any spare places will go to the highest-ranked teams who currently only have one.
Thomas, who is currently Britain's reserve in the time trial, told Sky Sports News HQ: "Hopefully. Fingers crossed. Obviously, we have got one spot at the moment, which Chris Froome is riding, and there is potential that we could get another.
"We should have had two anyway but we kind of messed up our qualification. We took it for granted that we would do it and we ended up with one.
"But due to all the crashes yesterday, there are quite a few teams who won't field two riders, so potentially, the UCI might fill up those spots with the next nations. Fingers crossed. I don't know what they are going to do, but you never know."
The men's time trial takes place on a hilly course containing four climbs.