Kittel wins stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico; Hucker wins stage 2 of the Tour de Taiwan; Fractured hand puts Gaviria out of Milan-San Remo; Sagan shows off sublime bike-handling skills once again; Further scans needed on Eisel’s wrist, Cavendish back training; Tour de France confirms 2020 Grand Départ in Nice; Ageing cyclists display immune system of 20 year olds, plus other health benefits; Long distance solo ride to raise funds for cancer fight; Video: Tomas Slavik’s winning run at Red Bull Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2018; Video: Dygert’s stunning pursuit world record in the 2018 world track championships
Kittel best in Tirreno, Hucker wins in Taiwan, Gaviria out: Daily News Digest
Team Dimension Data has questioned the earlier assertion made by the organisers of Tirreno-Adriatico, saying that further check are needed before knowing how badly injured Bernie Eisel’s wrist is. The 37-year-old Austrian hurt his wrist and suffered facial injuries when he fell on Sunday’s fifth stage of the race. He was immediately treated by the team doctor Jarrad van Zuydam, and brought to the local hospital in Ancona.
“Bernie had a bad crash and I spent some time with him at the hospital,” van Zuydam said. “The RCS (organisers) released a statement saying that he had fractured his wrist but that was premature as the X-rays don’t show any clear fracture. We need to get a CT scan done, which will happen this afternoon (Monday) and will ascertain as to whether he has any significant wrist injury.
“His facial injuries are okay and were sutured very carefully by a plastic surgeon. Those will heal well. He’s quite lucky and he’ll be back on the bike as soon as possible.”
Eisel released a recording of his reaction. “I’m not great at the moment,” he said in that. “I’ve got a few stitches in my nose, lips and my face. It was a massive crash – it seems like my nose is broken – and I have quite a lot of pain in my right wrist. I’m actually happy that I got out of it like this, it doesn’t look great at the moment and my face has seen better days but to be honest I’m super happy to have got out alive.”
— Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) March 12, 2018
Meanwhile the team said that Mark Renshaw’s abandon during the stage was due to chronic sinusitis and that he has “an appointment soon with a specialist to try and offer a long-term solution.” It added that Mark Cavendish is recovering well from the rib fracture and lacerations suffered on stage one of Tirreno-Adriatico. He has resumed training, although there is not yet a decision announced on his racing programme. It remains to be seen if he can ride Milan-San Remo.