Kangert abandons Giro d'Italia after crashing into traffic island

Tanel Kangert had been quietly leading the line at the Giro d'Italia for an Astana team still mourning the late Michele Scarponi, and the softly-spoken Estonian set out from Valdengo on Sunday in 7th place overall. He finished the day in hospital after crashing heavily a little over 10 kilometres from the finish in Bergamo and sustaining a displaced fracture of his right elbow and a broken left humerus. With two arm fractures, his team says his season is over, and he faces six months recovery. It hardy needs saying, but cycling is a cruel business.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.