Giro dell'Emilia: Pellaud left with facial injuries after brake failure

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Simon Pellaud in action on stage 4 of the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Simon Pellaud in action on stage 4 of the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Simon Pellaud has been left nursing facial injuries and broken teeth after his disc brakes failed on a descent at the Giro dell'Emilia on Tuesday. Although it's unclear where or when the Swiss rider's crash occurred – or why his brakes failed – Pellaud posted a picture on social media of himself in hospital, presumably in Bologna, with various bandages on his face.

The former IAM Cycling WorldTour team rider – who won a stage of the 2018 Tour of Hainan while racing for US Continental squad Team Illuminate, and joined his current Italian ProTeam at the start of this season – appeared to be taking his accident relatively lightly, perhaps aware that things could have been a lot worse.

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