Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) has deserted the Giro d’Italia after getting caught in a crash within the peloton on stage 11 of the race.
The British rider, who lay third total at 5 seconds down on teammate Geraint Thomas, has left the race after taking place 69km from the tip of the 219km stage to Tortona.
He hit the deck together with maglia rosa Thomas, and Jumbo-Visma chief Primož Roglič on moist roads firstly of the lengthy descent off the Colla di Boasi.
Geoghegan Hart lay on the highway after the crash and was rapidly tended to by group and race workers, in addition to his Ineos teammate Pavel Sivakov and Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma).
Minutes later, Geoghegan Hart might later be seen carried onto an ambulance on a stretcher. His situation is as but unknown, although he was shifting.
“The Brit will head to hospital for checks and we could have additional updates sooner or later,” his Ineos Grenadiers group introduced on Twitter.
Alessandro Covi (UAE Staff Emirates) was the primary to go down within the crash, sliding out on the moist highway and leaving a number of riders behind him with nowhere to go. Thomas and fellow GC contender Roglič hit the deck earlier than swiftly getting again up and on the bike, with Bouwman and Sivakov slower to get going.
RAI TV’s on-bike reporter Stefano Rizzato later reported that Covi had suffered lacerations down his left aspect and was struggling to pedal.
Shortly afterwards, additional down the descent, Movistar rider Oscar Rodríguez was caught in a horrible crash, colliding with a highway signal and low concrete wall having misplaced management after contact with one other rider on the entrance of the peloton.
The Spaniard went down onerous and was compelled to desert the race after being tended to by Movistar group members along with the highway.
With Geoghegan Hart and Rodríguez leaving the race, the Giro d’Italia continues with simply 140 riders following eight abandons attributable to COVID-19 and sickness earlier than the beginning of stage 11.