Race report

Team Sunweb Giro GC hopes ruled out after stage 4 crash

Giro d'Italia

On the menu today at the Giro d’Italia was a rolling 235 kilometres from Orbetello to Frascati. A break of three managed to escape early on and quickly build up an advantage of close to nine minutes. With the tricky uphill finish, which suited several types of riders, there were some games within the peloton as to who should chase the break.

The bunch eventually got organised and started to bring back the breakaway and coming into the final 30 minutes of racing Team Sunweb were well positioned at the front of the race, working hard to maintain their position alongside the other GC teams on the narrow roads. Consequently, the increased speed in the bunch saw the break caught with roughly ten kilometres to go in the stage.

The fight for position continued and an overlapping of wheels caused a big crash up towards the front of the bunch. Team Sunweb were unfortunately caught up in the incident, with Chad Haga and Tom Dumoulin involved. Both were able to continue with the stage, but hopes of limiting losses to Dumoulin’s position in the GC became redundant, as an injury to his knee meant he was unable to put in a chase back to the peloton. Nevertheless Team Sunweb waited for Dumoulin, staying with him to bring him across the line in Frascati, four minutes and five seconds behind the stage winner.

Good news from the x-ray as it has revealed that Dumoulin has suffered no fractures due to the fall and Chad Haga also sustained no injuries. We await further information about his injuries and condition going into tomorrow’s stage and will update accordingly.

Tom Dumoulin explained what happened: “Puccio from Ineos crashed, I think he touched a wheel or something and he took me and Izaguirre with him. I was in the front of the bunch and just couldn’t avoid it. There are no fractures which is good but my knee is very swollen. I wasn’t able to push any power in the last few kilometres so I don’t know how I will be tomorrow; the GC is for sure gone.”

Speaking at the finish Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Everything went well today until Tom and Chad crashed with six or seven kilometres to go. Tom hit his knee pretty bad and had to change bikes and the team waited up for him. He couldn’t push anymore because of his knee and lost just over four minutes by the end of the stage. He is with the doctor again after his x-ray, and we will have to wait and see what the outcome will be before tomorrow.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 CARAPAZ Richard Movistar Team 5:58:17 100
2 EWAN Caleb Lotto Soudal ,, 40
3 ULISSI Diego UAE-Team Emirates ,, 20
98 DUMOULIN Tom Team Sunweb 4:04 -
99 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb ,, -
100 BAKELANTS Jan Team Sunweb ,, -
101 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb ,, -
102 POWER Robert Team Sunweb ,, -
103 VERVAEKE Louis Team Sunweb ,, -
134 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb 5:55 -
135 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, -