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by Shane Stokes
April 25, 2018
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Former world hour record holder Matthias Braendle will miss the Giro d’Italia after crashing prior to the prologue of the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday. He was riding the course beforehand, and hit the deck.
The Austrian rider suffered a fractured collarbone in the crash.
“I am very disappointed. Mostly because I cannot help the team here and in the Giro. The crash was a really stupid one,” he said. “I was focused on the first corner and didn’t recognize a bump which brought me down from my handlebar. It was only 10km/h so I had no time to make a roll or something.
“I was really looking forward to racing the next weeks after a long training period where I put in everything. I believe I had it in my reach with this tricky parcours to go for the win with the training I did in the last weeks.”