Van Emden blames Vermeersch for Giro d'Italia stage 15 crash

Team JumboVisma rider Netherlands Jos Van Emden R and Team Cofidis rider Eritreas Natnael Berhane L sit on the ground after a massive pack crash during the 15th stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race a 147km race between Grado and Gorizia on May 23 2021 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
Jos Van Emden (Jumbo-Visma) sits on the floor alongside Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) after the stage 15 crash (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jos Van Emden has pointed the finger at Alpecin-Fenix rider Gianni Vermeersch for the mass crash at the start of stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia, which saw the stage neutralised shortly after the peloton left Grado.

The Jumbo-Visma veteran suffered five broken ribs and a lung contusion in the pile-up, which came on a causeway just three kilometres into the stage. The stage was delayed for half an hour and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) and Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-Nippo) were also forced to abandon as a result of injuries sustained in the pile-up.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix