Crash under flamme rouge mars Giro d’Italia Donne sprint finish

Giro d'Italia Donne 2022 - 33rd Edition - 5th stage Capri - Reggioo Emilia 126,8 km 04/07/2022 - Emma Norsgaard (DEN - Movistar Team) - photo Massimo Fulgenzi/PMG Sport/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team) was involved in the crash on stage 5 and finished holding her right arm (Image credit: Massimo Fulgenzi/PMG Sport/SprintCyclingAgency)

Stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia Donne was relatively uneventful as a five-rider breakaway went up the road and was slowly but surely brought back by the sprinters’ teams. Then everyone got ready for a mass sprint for the finish. But a crash at the flamme rouge brought down several sprinters, who lost their chances of competing for the stage victory.

Movistar Team’s Emma Norsgaard was hit the hardest. Positioned behind Blanka Vas (Team SD Worx) and Silvia Zanardi (BePink), she had no chance to avoid the crash. 

Norsgaard crossed the finish line nursing her right arm and was taken to a medical centre as she complained of pain in her wrist and shoulder. X-rays showed no fractures, but a decision on whether the Danish sprinter will continue the race will only be taken on the morning of stage 6.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.