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by Shane Stokes
May 10, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: UAE rider Polanc wins atop Mt. Etna at Giro d’Italia, Jungels moves into maglia rosa; Debusschere takes stage one of Four Days of Dunkirk; Froome shaken after hit and run incident in France; Nibali loses Moreno after disqualification for fighting; New race leader Jungels sees Giro as career milestone, but uncertain about chances of holding pink; Thomas jumps to second thanks to finish-line bonus; Zakarin only race contender to break elastic; Dennis out of Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I felt good on the climb; ‘A metre matters’ legislation likely to pass Victorian upper house tomorrow; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Audio: Six years after his passing, Elke Weylandt remembers brother Wouter’s character; Video: How Eritrean Cycling Made it to the Top of the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – stage four pre-race
The crash injuries suffered by Rohan Dennis on stage two of the Giro d’Italia took their toll on him on Tuesday, with the Australian rider withdrawing approximately two hours into the stage to Mount Etna.
He had started the racing hoping to ride strongly in the overall classification, giving the BMC Racing Team double leadership with Tejay van Garderen, but fell heavily during Sunday’s third stage.
“I basically just tried to stay positive and think maybe I’ll come good,” Dennis said. “It was probably around the hour mark when I spoke to Max Sciandri in the car and I said ‘Look I’m going to try and get to the feed zone and I think that might be my limit today but we’ll see how it goes there’. But I got dropped on the long climb when the peloton was riding easy and Valerio Piva in the second race car just said ‘get in the car, it’s not worth it’.
“The wounds aren’t an issue. It was the nausea and lethargic, no energy feeling. My head had been hurting and I was hoping that some exercise would change that feeling but I started to feel worse. I’m disappointed, of course. I think I feel worse for the people who have helped me prepare. My coach came all the way from America to spend a week with me away from his family before the Tour of the Alps, to prepare for the Giro d’Italia. Those sort of things I feel bad about, even if I didn’t have any control of it. When you abandon you have the feeling it was for nothing. My priority now is to recover and get healthy, and then concentrate on the rest of the season which is far from over.”