Chris Froome loses 14 minutes in Volta a Catalunya: We could not ask another one of our guys to wait
Mar 27 2019 02:55 am CET

Chris Froome loses 14 minutes in Volta a Catalunya: We could not ask another one of our guys to wait
Chris Froome loses 14 minutes in Volta a Catalunya: We could not ask another one of our guys to wait
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Sky

Team Sky's Chris Froome suffered a crash in the second half of the second stage of the Volta a Catalunya and lost 14 minutes. Egan Bernal dropped two spots in the General Classification but is still in the overall top-ten of the race.

It was an eventful stage for Team Sky as Chris Froome crashed with 35 kilometres to go and crossed the finish line at more than 14 minutes from the day's winner Michael Matthews. The rest of the riders remained with Bernal to support him in the last climb of the day and help him took a good position in the finish line, which they could do successfully as he arrived with the peloton.

"Froomey crashed just a couple of kilometres before we passed the finish line for the first time," said Sky's sports director Nicolas Portal. "He still doesn't really know what happened but it was a tricky corner, which had a few roadworks on the right and was also quite bumpy. Someone hit him and he slid and crashed. By the time he changed bike and got going the bunch was going too fast and there was no chance to come back. He is here to support Egan this week but it is a shame it happened.

"We could not ask another one of our guys to wait because we knew if we did this we'd have two riders less on the final climb. Today it was really important for Egan to have that support. It was a technical finish and we knew there could be some splits. Froomey said himself for the guys to stay at the front. Obviously, we will monitor him but it seems like Froomey is okay."




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