Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick Step) decided to abandon the 104th Giro d’Italia cycling race on Wednesday, the evening of the 17th stage which arrived at Sega di Ala.
Lhe young 21-year-old rider, physically diminished by two falls on Wednesday, was playing his first grand tour and returning to competition nine months after his terrible fall on August 15 in the Tour of Lombardy.
After a first week of racing which saw him occupy 2nd place in the standings, Evenepoel gave way on the white roads and then on the difficult slopes of the Giro. On Wednesday, he crashed twice and reached the finish 36 minutes and 28 seconds behind the winner of the day, Irishman Dan Martin. He thus plunged in 27th place overall at 1:03:12 behind Colombian Egan Bernal, leader of the race.
“Following his unfortunate accident on Wednesday’s 17th stage, it was decided that the 21-year-old Belgian would quit the race,” his team announced in a statement shortly after 10pm.
“After finishing the stage in which he had shown himself strong and was riding with the group of the main riders in the general classification, Remco was involved in an incident which knocked down several riders, in front and behind him. He was able to complete the stage and was then examined by the team doctor. This examination revealed that there were no fractures, but that he suffered from multiple lacerations of the skin and contusions of the second metacarpal of the left hand, the caput radials, the sacroiliac joint, the the patella and the 8th rib, as well as bilateral olecrani bursitis. Following the diagnosis, the medical team decided that it would be better if Remco left the race and made a full recovery as quickly as possible, before working on his goals for the rest of the season ”.
“It doesn’t make much sense to continue”, recognizes Evenepoel
“It doesn’t make much sense to continue with this pain. So I go back to Belgium and I pass scanners. We will see then, ”said the person concerned in a statement.
“In the end it was an accident that shouldn’t have happened, I don’t know what really happened in front of me, but I got into the turn and saw some guys on the ground and I couldn’t pass to the right side because I was next to another guy so I had no chance of avoiding an accident. As of now, nothing is broken, but I I have a lot of bruises. ”.
Referring to his first experience in a grand tour, the 21-year-old Le Brabançon admitted: “of course, it’s sad to leave the race, and my first Grand Tour too early, but in the end, it was a great experience and j hope to return someday. I wish the best to all my Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates for the remaining stages. ”