Giro d'Italia stage 4 injury update
May 13 2021 12:23 am CET

Giro d'Italia stage 4 injury update
Giro d'Italia stage 4 injury update
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A handful of riders hit the deck during the last kilometres of the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The most serious crash of the day was the one of Mikel Landa, who hit one of the men that was signalling a traffic island with four kilometres to go. The Spaniard had to be taken away by ambulance after being unable to stand up but the Italian broadcaster RAI informed that he was conscious at the moment.

The winner of the fourth stage of the Corsa Rosa, Joe Dombrowski also hit the ground in the same incident but he was able to cross the finish line, although he had some blood on his face.

Another rider that suffered a hard crash was Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) who went out of the road and fell on some bushes. He seemed to be in pain but crossed the finish line by himself, 13 minutes behind the winner of the stage Caleb Ewan.

"It was a hard crash but he could finish the stage, which is good news," said Ineos-Grenadiers sports director Matteo Tosatto. After falling on the bushes he was in a lot of pain and he has the feeling of having a broken collarbone but right now he is in the shower and we hope that it's only the pain of the crash."

"With this crash he's out of the overall fight but for now I just hope that his injuries aren't that serious. We will see tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. It is a shame for him because he was feeling really well."

Other riders that crashed on the last kilometres were Tejay Van Garderen, Roger Kluge and Filippo Fiorelli, but they all finished the stage.

Update 1: AG2R Citröen's François Bidard also crashed with four kilometres to go, in the same incident as Mikel Landa and he suffered a fracture, the first one for him ever. "X-Rays performed after the finish revealed a fracture of the left clavicle," said Fabien Cardinale, team doctor. "Upon his return to France, François will undergo additional examinations in order to determine the best treatment for the fracture."

Update 2: Pavel Sivakov has withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia with a confirmed collarbone fracture. "Today is a bad day for us because Pavel had a big crash with 15km to go," said sports director Matteo Tosatto. "There were a lot of small towns and roads, then when he crashed he immediately felt pain.

"He finished the stage, but in the end after the check in hospital they found a fracture in his collarbone, and he's abandoned the race. Pavel had an important role, he was the second leader for GC, and a key support rider for Egan in the mountains. Now it's important that the other guys stay strong because of having one guy less, but at the same time it's important to support each other and stay positive. It's difficult, but it's important to stay positive."




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