In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke; Valverde wins Catalunya queen stage, takes lead; Skujinš wins Coppi e Bartali stage, takes over lead; Multiple crashes in E3 Harelbeke; Owain Doull says current Sky riders should not be rolled into doping controversy; Patrick Lefevere ‘Founder of Gent-Wevelgem turning in his grave’; Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling; Women’s E3 Harelbeke in 2018?; Two SEG Racing Academy riders sidelined with injuries; Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic will run in 2017; Irish company turns to crowdfunding to broadcast domestic events; Video: Dr. Mitch Anderson’s 12hr World Record.
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There were the usual crashes during E3 Harelbeke on Friday, but a few in particular caused some teams to hold their collective breaths, with misinformation making matters worse.
Movistar’s Dayer Quintana crashed hard, with an early report saying he fractured his left leg. While that would be terrible news for him, a commentator during the Volta a Catalunya broadcast mistakenly said it was his brother Nairo, who is currently training in Colombia. Of course that would be a major setback for the team’s Grand Tour contender. However, he quickly posted to Twitter that he is okay and well wishes for his brother.
— NairoQuinCo (@NairoQuinCo) March 24, 2017
The team later confirmed that Dayer did not break his leg. “Despite fifteen stitches being put on his right hand, just next to the wrist, and three on his little finger, no fractures or serious injuries were found.”
Also crashing in the race was Tony Gallopin, a key rider for the Lotto Soudal team, who looked to be in a lot of pain on the road. Fortunately for him it seems he escaped serious injury.
“He has multiple bruises and abrasions but hopefully he can continue his program next week,” the team said.