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by Neal Rogers
July 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel narrowly three-peats on Stage 7 of Tour de France; O’Connor solos to victory on Stage 5 of Tour of Austria, Denifl retains GC lead; Lucinda Brand takes solo win at Giro Rosa despite late-race crash; Winder take a second stage win at Tour de Feminin; Italian Claudia Cretti in critical condition with brain injury in Giro Rosa crash; MTB world champion Nino Schurter invites Peter Sagan to race off-road; Meet Philippa York: Robert Millar first high-profile cyclist to go public about gender transition; Armstrong co-defendants reach $158K settlement in federal case; Video: Heartbroken fan creates ‘Since U Sagan’; Video: Inside the Quick-Step Floors bus on Stage 6, Marcel Kittel’s second stage win; Video: Orica-Scott’s Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 7; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 7 highlights
Valcar-PBM’s Claudia Cretti remains in critical condition after a high-speed crash on Stage 7 of the Giro Rosa Thursday, suffering suffered severe head trauma, leading to multiple contusions. She was operated on overnight to decompress the pressure on her brain and to take out a cerebral hematoma.
Cretti crashed heavily on the final descent of Stage 7, reportedly traveling at a speed of over 55mph before losing control and hitting her head on a guardrail.
A medical statement released by Giro Rosa organisers explained that Cretti “remains in a medically induced coma to prevent secondary neurological damage,” and that her condition is critical, but stable.