Several major names have been involved in a crash on the descent of the Passo di San Valentino with 25km to go on stage 17 at the Giro d'Italia.
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) were among the main victims of the accident, which came as the peloton was speeding down the technical descent 28 kilometres from the finish of the stage.
The duo, as well as a number of other riders, hit the deck while tackling a tight corner on the descent just past the town of Brentonico in Trentino, with Evenepoel taking a painful collision with metal guard rail before continuing with a bandaged left wrist. He finished the stage grimacing in pain, 35 minutes down on winner Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), his left elbow visibly swollen.
Team BikeExchange duo of Nick Schultz and Mikel Nieve also hit the deck, while the Trek-Segafredo trio of Ciccone, Vincenzo Nibali and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier were also involved, as was Eolo-Kometa rider Mark Christian.
Ciccone – who lay sixth overall at 4:31 – had just made it back through the team cars and was close to catching the peloton with 16 kilometres to run but stopped to change his bike. The efforts cost him, and the Italian lost 6:35, dropping to 10th in the general classification. Trek-Segafredo later announced he had "suffered a heavy contusion to the lumbar area of his back and left hand".
Nibali underwent examinations on his right arm - the same side where he broke his wrist three weeks before the Giro d'Italia. Trek-Segafredo said that X-rays showed no fractures in his right humerus.
"Given the extent of the contusions and consequences of the crash, the three riders will be monitored in the coming hours and, tomorrow morning, will be made a further assessment by the team doctor," Trek-Segafredo's statement read.
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Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.
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