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by Matt de Neef
May 15, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana climbs into maglia rosa on stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia; Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s Amgen Tour of California; Marcel Kittel takes opening-stage honours at the men’s Amgen Tour of California; Clément Venturini takes overall honours at the Four Days of Dunkirk; Michael Storer and Lucas Hamilton go 1-2 at the GP Industrie del Marmo; Neil van der Ploeg wins the Grafton-Inverell in record time; Grace Brown takes victory in the Mersey Valley Tour; Nightmare for Team Sky and other GC favourites as police moto causes Giro crash; Wout Van Aert to focus on the road in 2018; Video – The dangers of riding alongside stopped traffic; Video – Bike falls off back of a car.
Team Sky’s hopes for a high general classification placing at this year’s Giro d’Italia came crashing down on Stage 9 Sunday, quite literally, midway up the slopes of the Blockhaus climb.
After a police moto pulled over on the left side of the road with 15km remaining, Sunweb rider Wilco Kelderman, who was at the left edge of the peloton, could not avoid clipping the motorbike. His crash caused a ripple effect across the bunch, taking down several riders, including Sky’s GC riders Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa, as well as Orica-Scott’s Adam Yates.
“My shoulder popped out [in the crash],” Thomas said after he crossed the finish line. “I felt good on the climb, but then crashed, race over. The moto was just stopped on the side of the road. We were all racing for position, so we fill the road. Someone crashed in front of me, and I just went straight down.
“It’s too early to think about a new goal, I’m a bit angry, we’ll have to sit down and work out what we’re going to do tomorrow.”
Landa, who finished third overall in 2015, lost almost 27 minutes. Kelderman, the first rider to go down, was forced to abandon due to a broken finger.
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