Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was forced to abandon his GC bid at the Giro d’Italia after a big crash ended the German’s race and two others.
Buchmann was sixth in the general classification, 2:36 behind Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) in the maglia rosa. Jos van Emden (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) also withdrew from the race.
The crash, missed by television cameras, occurred inside the first three kilometres of Sunday’s stage as the peloton travelled across a windy lagoon out of Grado in north-east Italy, causing a spate of riders to hit the deck or take evasive action.
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“This is an absolute disaster at the start,” called Rob Hatch on Eurosport commentary.
Organisers paused the race to focus medical attention on those involved, prompting discontent in a sizable early breakaway.
The race was neutralised for over 15 minutes as riders were treated, with news eventually filtering through that Buchmann, Van Emden and Berhane could not continue.
“Not a popular decision when it was taken, especially with the riders trying to get up the road,” said Rob Hatch on commentary.
“I think it’s one later on, a few months down the line, they would certainly thank them for – looking after their safety at all times.”
Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education–Nippo) later withdrew as a result of the crash, having slipped off the peloton almost immediately after the restart.
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