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Robert Power abandons Giro d’Italia due to crash on stage 6

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Team Sunweb’s string of bad luck continues at the Giro d’Italia as Robert Power is forced to abandon the race just one day after GC-man Tom Dumoulin. Power was caught up in a large crash in the peloton which came 40 kilometres into the stage, bringing down a significant amount of riders, including more from Team Sunweb. Initially trying to continue after assistance from the race doctor, Power was forced to abandon as a result of his injuries.

Robert said: “This is a really disappointing day. I would have loved to continue. I went down hard in the big crash and tried to keep riding but had to pull out with lot of pain in my hip. Luckily there is nothing broken but I’m still really disappointed to leave the Giro.”

Team Sunweb physician Stephan Jacolino said: “Fortunately x-rays show no breaks or fractures for Robert. He has overstretched his gluteal muscle, which meant that he was unable to push on the pedals anymore and it was too painful for him to continue. After a week’s rest it’s likely he will be able to restart training normally.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “This is another blow to the team. Robert was in great shape and one of our main contenders to go for stage success. It’s even more bad luck and another setback for our team, but we need to move on and make the best out of it again. We’ll continue to take the same aggressive approach as we did yesterday and today with both Louis and Sam in the break, and search for a stage win with the other strong riders that we have here.”