Giro: Evenepoel gives up after his fall

Deceuninck announces this Wednesday the abandonment of its rider Remco Evenepoel, victim of a fall this Wednesday on the 17th stage of the Giro.

The young Belgian Remco Evenepoel, one of the most followed riders in the peloton, stops the Giro on the evening of the 17th stage, his Deceuninck team announced this Wednesday evening. Evenepoel, 21, fell during the stage arriving at Sega di Ala, nine months after his pelvic fracture during his heavy fall at the Tour of Lombardy in mid-August 2020.

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“The examinations showed that there was no fracture but he suffers from multiple bruises,” said his training. “The medical team decided that it would be best if Remco left the race and made a full recovery as soon as possible, before turning to his goals later in the season,” added Deceunick.

He resumed competition

The young Belgian, a phenomenon of precocity in the peloton, has resumed competition at the Giro. “It’s an accident that shouldn’t have happened,” said the runner, quoted by his training. “I don’t know what actually happened in front of me but I got into the turn and saw runners on the ground. I couldn’t pass to the right side, I had no chance to avoid the fall”.

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Evenepoel fell on the descent of the passo di San Valentino, along with half a dozen other riders, some 28 kilometers from the finish of the stage. He went over the crash barrier. “There is nothing broken but I have a lot of bruises. It does not make much sense to continue with this pain”, estimated the Belgian, qualified as “new cannibal” in his country for half a century after Eddy Merckx.

Evenepoel had joined the arrival of the 17th stage within the “grupetto”, more than half an hour from the winner, the Irishman Dan Martin. In the standings, he had fallen to 27th place, more than an hour from the pink jersey Egan Bernal.

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