Geraint Thomas pulled out of the men’s cycling road race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics following a crash earlier in the event.
Thomas was one of Team GB’s brightest medal hopes on what was officially day one of the Olympics – but suffered a repeat of his heartbreak from Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
The 35-year-old came off his bike along with fellow Brit Tao Geoghegan Hart after both were caught up in a crash on the Doshi Road climb, around 70 kilometres into the 234km race.
Although they were both quickly back in the saddle, former Tour de France champion Thomas eventually pulled out with almost 60km still to go.
It was more bad luck for the Welshman, who also suffered disappointment in this year’s Tour de France after dislocating his shoulder on stage three of the race.
Gregor Muehlberger also came off his bike in the crash which saw Thomas and Geoghegan Hart hit the deck.
All the riders got back on their bikes but they lost around two minutes on the main peloton, who were themselves around 20 minutes behind an early breakaway group with 155km to go.
Thomas battled on valiantly but with around 55km remaining he pulled over as the race lapped the Fuji International Speedway ahead of the day’s final brutal climb.
The 2018 Tour de France winner was set for a medal in Rio five years ago but crashed near the end.
He will hope to recovered for the Time Trial on Wednesday.
Earlier on day one, there was also disappointment for Team GB with Heather Watson and Seonaid McIntosh seeing their medal hopes dashed in the tennis and shooting respectively.
But Andy Murray got his quest for gold off to a good start as he and Joe Salisbury won their opening match of the men’s doubles tennis against French second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
Murray and Salisbury eased past the fancied French pair 6-3 6-2 in their first-round match.
Watson crashed out of her first-round match in the women’s singles, losing 7-6 6-3 to Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Former shooting world champion McIntosh missed out on a place in the 10m air rifle final.
The final which was won by 21-year-old Yang Qian, who posted a new Olympic record score of 251.8 as China won the first gold of the Games.
McIntosh will have another chance to medal in next week’s 3 Positions competition.
The 25-year-old said: “I’m just lowering expectations. It’s not my best event. It will go wherever it goes. And if people want to try and keep pressure on me, they can.
“But it’s my choice whether or not to feel that pressure and or whether or not to keep it on myself. So I just go keep a level head.”