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by Shane Stokes
May 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California
Down but not out after his stage 9 crash on Sunday, Mikel Landa has been given a green light to continue in the Giro d’Italia. The Team Sky rider was one of several who came down due to a crash caused by a badly-parked police motorcycle and while he limped in to the finish, there was some doubt about whether he would be able to keep going after Monday’s rest day.
However medical checkups have given him some good news and he will press on. He underwent a lengthy scan to determine if he had a muscle tear but was given the all-clear. The possibility of fractures had previously been ruled out on Sunday.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, he woke up ‘fucked up’ but was, relatively speaking, otherwise okay. He said that he is aching but without serious injury, he should be able to press on. “I feel good and I want to try in the last week,” he said.
He will be treated with INDIBA radiofrequency machines in order to accelerate his healing.
Landa started the race as one of the favourites but lost almost 27 minutes due to the crash. Fellow team captain Geraint Thomas also came down but conceded a more reasonable five minutes and eight seconds.
Click through to read more at AS.