Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) has abandoned the Giro d’Italia. The Australian, who won two stages in the first week, left the race in the middle of stage 8.
Ewan won stages 5 and 7 of the competition and as a result led the ranking by points. He has always planned to leave the Giro d’Italia before the final in Milan on May 30 with plans to win stages in all three cycling Grand Tours this year. However, after a frantic start in stage 8, the 26-year-old left the race. His team from Lotto Soudal went on social media to say that their rider was suffering from knee pain.
After winning Stage 7, Yuan acknowledged that his focus was already on goals later in the year.
“My goal remains the same for this year and I have to do what is best in preparation for the tour. Unfortunately, the sprinters̵
“So far this year has been very difficult with the weather and a lot of guys’ legs hurt a lot. I have to make sure I don’t go that deep, because if you do, it’s hard to start again on the next tour.”
It took more than an hour of rest for the day to form stage 8 with several divisions and attacks before Fernando Gaviria (UAE), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Kobe Gusens (Loto Sudal), Alexis Gugeard (AG2R Citroën), Nikias Arndt (Team DSM), Victor Lafay (Cofidis), Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane), Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa) and Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos) retired.
There was an accident in a tunnel, but according to early reports, Yuan was released before the incident.
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Unfortunately, @CalebEwan had to leave #giro with a knee pain. May 15, 2021