Remco Evenepol crashed twice on the fifth stage. 2023 Giro d’Italia It was Wednesday, but it wasn’t the slippery conditions that first dropped the race’s favorites.
The 23-year-old Soudal Quickstep rider was already at the 152-kilometer mark during the 171-kilometer race when a dog on the pavement appeared to run into the roadway as the peloton passed.
The video showed the animals heading straight for the herd, pushing Evenepole into the ground. His teammate Davide Ballerini was also down after the crash.
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Evenpol returned to the race just two minutes later, but collided again with several other cyclists in the final sprint with less than two kilometers to go, according to Reuters.
“He has a lot of pain on his right side, a hematoma with muscle contractions and a problem with his sacral bone,” said Soudal-Quickstep team doctor Toon Kleit. “If you get proper massage and osteopathic treatment and get enough sleep, things will get better.”
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“After a rainy day comes a sunny day,” Evenpol wrote in a Twitter update on Thursday.
“Yesterday was tough, but after a good night and the attention of the staff, I feel good today and look forward to tomorrow. Thanks to the team.”
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Danish cyclist Mats Pedersen, 27, won stage six on Thursday after taking the lead. He has now won stages in all three Grand Tours.
The Giro will end in Rome on May 28th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.