While he was third in the general classification of the Giro, the Briton of the Ineos Grenadiers Tao Geoghegan Hart team had to abandon the race after a fall which brought the first three of the classification to the ground!
Another thunderclap on the Giro! After the abandonment of the former Remco Evenepoel pink jersey on Sunday evening, it is the third in the classification, Tao Geoghegan Hart, who is forced to give up the Tour of Italy. The Briton was not affected by the virus, but by a violent fall. 68 kilometers from the finish of the 11th stage, while the rain, which definitely does not abandon the riders on this Giro 2023, had just started to fall again, the first three in the classification fell! In a right turn, the Italian of UAE Emirates Alessandro Covi went to the ground first, dragging in his fall the pink jersey Geraint Thomas!
His dolphin Primoz Roglic, who was in his wheel, also fell, as did some of their teammates from Ineos Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma. If Thomas and Roglic managed to get back on the bike immediately and find the peloton without incident, this was not the case for the best Frenchman in the general classification, Pavel Sivakov (8th at 2’15 from Thomas), who took a lot of time to share. For Tao Geoghegan Hart, the Giro completely stopped at this bend. The 28-year-old Briton lay on the ground for long minutes without moving much, and he was eventually picked up by the ambulance. Third in the general classification five seconds behind his teammate Geraint Thomas, the winner of the Giro 2020 will therefore not achieve the double this year. And it is the Portuguese Joao Almeida, who was 17 seconds behind Geoghegan Hart, who finds himself on the provisional podium.
Crash in the bunch, @taogeoghegan and the Maglia Rosa are involved
Group fall. @taogeoghegan and the Maglia Rosa on the ground#Giro #Tour of Italy pic.twitter.com/KeUeNko5eF
— Giro d’Italia (@giroditalia) May 17, 2023
Rodriguez hits a sign and a house!
😲Tremendous fall of 🇪🇸Oscar Rodríguez (Movistar Team) collided with a traffic signal and a house on the side of the road 🇮🇹 #Giro #Tour of Italy #Giro106 #newscycling #Cycling pic.twitter.com/hTSypQLnh8
— NotiCiclismo ➡ 🇮🇹 #Giro (@Noticiclismo1) May 17, 2023
A few kilometers later, it was Oscar Rodriguez, the Spaniard from the Movistar team, who had to leave the race. The 28-year-old runner, 116th in the general classification, very violently hit a road sign announcing a narrowing of the roadway and then the corner of a house! Visibly affected in the ribs, he also finished his Giro in the ambulance. After eleven stages, there are therefore only 140 left in the race.