Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 6, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alberto Contador wins tough Dauphine prologue; Megan Guarnier victorious in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic; Maurits Lammertink crowned Tour de Luxembourg winner; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan; Tour de Korea opener won by Jon Aberasturi; Keagan Girdlestone in a critical condition after collision with team car; Tinkov – BMC and Katusha could soon shut up shop; Dumoulin and Martin on the Dauphine uphill prologue; The Mt. Fuji stage of the Tour of Japan; Adam Phelan Weekly: Training in Girona.

Keagan Girdlestone in a critical condition after collision with team car

by Matt de Neef

Nineteen-year-old South African rider Keagan Girdlestone is in a critical condition in hospital after being involved in a horrific crash at the Coppa della Pace U23 race in Italy over the weekend.


Girdlestone, who rides for the Dimension Data Continental team, was following his team car on a descent when the car braked suddenly. Girdlestone reportedly hit the car with enough force to break the rear window.

“The accident occurred when there were four laps to go,” joint race director Raffaele Babini told Tuttobiciweb. “We had covered 105km of racing. It was 16.20. The boy had fallen into a downhill section and was a strong recovery to return to the group. Apparently, after the first time, which was in the vicinity of a hill, a team car has slowed sharply and the guy, who was at full speed, crashed violently against the car, breaking through the rear window of the car, getting serious facial injuries.”

Girdlestone has since undergone surgery but remains in a critical condition. The 19-year-old last year rode for the Australian Continental team CharterMason and will be familiar to many CyclingTips readers for his filmed attempt at the 1 in 20, Melbourne’s local benchmark climb.

The CyclingTips team wishes Keagan all the very best for a speedy recovery.

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