Injuries add up after crash-marred stage 7 at Giro d'Italia

BRINDISI ITALY OCTOBER 09 Aurelien ParetPeintre of France and Team Ag2R La Mondiale Sean Bennett of The United States and Team EF Pro Cycling Tony Gallopin of France and Team Ag2R La Mondiale Andrea Vendrame of Italy and Team Ag2R La Mondiale Marco Mathis of Germany and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits Harm Vanhoucke of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal White Best Young Jersey Thomas De Gendt of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Crash Bottles Bike Landscape during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage Seven a 143km stage from Matera to Brindisi girodiitalia Giro on October 09 2020 in Brindisi Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
AG2R’s Tony Gallopin (centre) gets to his feet after breaking his left wrist during a crash-marred stage 7 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There were upwards of four crashes and a long list of injuries on a day that saw record-breaking speeds during stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia on Friday, with Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) forced out of the race with a broken wrist and Mitchelton-Scott's Edoardo Affini confirmed on Friday evening as having fractured a finger, meaning that the Italian will also leave the race, while it was announced on Saturday morning that EF Pro Cycling's Sean Bennett had also broken his wrist.

The peloton raced 143km between Matera and Brindisi, finishing with an average speed of 51kph, and a 55kph average for the first hour. A breakaway formed early on, but it was quickly brought back when high-speed crosswinds tore through the peloton, causing it to splinter into smaller groups.

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