Giro d'Italia Medical Report | 51 riders don't manage to reach Rome due to many crashes, illnesses and Covid-19

The Giro d'Italia is the opening Grand Tour of the season and as is always the case many don't make it to the end of the race for a number of reasons. We will keep you updated on all riders who abandon the race as well as major happening related to crashes and injuries throughout the three weeks.

Stage 1

Nothing to note.

Stage 2

Daan Hoole has crashed in the closing kilometers of the race suffering a severe contusion in the right calf. Martijn Tusveld suffered multiple contusions and his bike was broken in half.

Stage 3

Nothing to note.

Stage 4

Former KOM classification leader Paul Lapeira was the first rider to abandon the race, with illness.

Stage 5

Three riders did not start stage 5: Ramon Sinkeldam with stomach problems, Valerio Conti with fractured pelvis and Rémy Rochas with unspecified illness.

Remco Evenepoel has crashed twice during the day, suffering an hematoma and problems in the sacrum. Andrea Vendrame crashed after the finish and suffered wounds that required stitches and a acromioclavicular disjunction in the left shoulder. Domenico Pozzovivo suffered multiple contusions on his knee, hip, elbow, and shoulder and requires stitches on his knee. Filippo Fiorelli suffered a large wound in the right hand and hip as he collided with the barriers and spectators in the final sprint.

Martin Marcellusi, Stefano Gandin, Primoz Roglic, Kaden Groves, Mark Cavendish, Fernando Gaviria, Jay Vine, David Dekker and Mirco Maestri are among the riders who have been confirmed to have crashed throughout the day.

Stage 6

Clément Russo has abandoned the race having been the first rider to be diagnosed with Covid-19 during the race, and has not started stage 6. Mark Cavendish crashed whilst chasing back to the peloton and suffered bruises and abrasions.

Stage 7

Covid-19 has began to spread through the peloton more thoroughly, two riders did not take to the start of stage 7 having tested positive: Giovanni Aleotti and Nicola Conci.

Stage 8

Filippo Ganna was the most important rider to leave the Giro d'Italia today - the eve of the flat time-trial - and being an important loss for INEOS Grenadiers due to Covid-19. Lars van den Berg also did not start today with stomach problems and fever.

During the day three riders suffered from the early high pace. Florian Stork abandoned with sickness. Samuele Zoccarato and David Dekker abandoned for unrevealed reasons.

Stage 9

Although rainy, the second time-trial of the race wasn't expected to see crashes. One rider did not start the day, Cofidis' Davide Cimolai, who abandoned suffering from injuries suffered earlier in the race.

Stage 10

Covid-19 has caused unrepairable damage to the race. After the end of stage 9 many riders underwent routine testing and a positive result has led race leader Remco Evenepoel to abandon the race. Rigoberto Urán has also been forced to abandon ahead of the rest day.

During the rest day itself and the morning of stage 10 several other riders have tested positive and abandoned the race, with Domenico Pozzovivo, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Sven Erik Bystrom and Callum Scotson all out of the race due to it.

Rein Taaramäe has left the race with stomach problems whilst Oscar Riesebeek was severely ill throughout the rest day, both have not tested positive for Covid but abandoned the race. Lastly, Stefan Küng has left the race so as to prepare for his next goals, after he rode through the race's time-trials.

Throughout the stage another four riders abandoned. Aleksandr Vlasov was yet another GC contender to abandon the race ill, losing contact with the peloton early on in the day unsupported by the team who were already aware of the situation.

Erik Fetter abandoned the race with illness, Martijn Tusveld abandoned as he is still struggling with injuries suffered in the first week, and Simone Petilli has abandoned due to unspecified reasons.

Stage 11

Another eight riders did not start stage 11. The main story in the morning was Soudal - Quick-Step who have pulled out another four riders from the race following Covid-19 positives. Jan Hirt, Mattia Cattaneo, Josef Cerny and Louis Vervaeke were involved.

Andrea Vendrame and Stefano Gandin have also not taken to the start of the stage because of Covid-19 positives, whilst Jonathan Caicedo and Natnael Tesfatsion abandoned with non-Covid illnesses.

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Oscar Rodriguez both crashed out on a dangerously slippery descent as the weather took its toll yet again. The Spaniard crashed into road furniture and a house and has suffered a bruised kidney, whilst Hart crashed alongside Thomas and Roglic in the day, suffering a hip fracture which has taken him out of the race. Alessandro Covi, Pavel Sivakov and Fernando Gaviria were among those injured from the several crashes that happened throughout the day.

Stage 12

The day started off with no news of new Covid-19 cases which is a positive sign within the Giro. Alessandro Covi was the only DNS in the morning, suffering heavily from the injuries sustained during the crash that also took out Hart from the race.

Kaden Groves abandoned the race throughout the stage with it's tough start with stomach problems. The other two riders who have left the race this afternoon have reported to have the same issues, AG2R's Mikaël Cherel and Harm Vanhoucke.

The likes of Andreas Leknessund and Jack Haig crashed throughout the day, but reported only superficial injuries from it.

Stage 13

Stage 13 saw a slow down in abandons, however the one rider who did not start the day was a high-profile figure, Mads Pedersen who was experiencing tracheitis and a sore throat, fruit of the many days spent in the rain and cold weather the Giro has been presenting.

Stage 14

Two riders will not take to the start of stage 14. EF's Stefan de Bod has left the race as he is suffering from an infected wound after a crash suffered earlier in the race, whilst Astana's Samuele Battistella succumbed to a bout of stomach problems and fever he's been suffering for the past few days.

During the stage, which was rather calm within the peloton, Arkéa Samsic saw the abandon of Alessandro Verre.

Stage 15

Nothing to note.

Stage 16

Simon Clarke and Davide Ballerini both didn't take to the start line on stage 16. Both riders' abandonment has been put down to illness and Ballerini leaving the race means Soudal - Quick-Step have only two riders left at the race. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier has also withdrawn as a result of injuries sustained.

Pavel Sivakov was a meaningful loss throughout the day. The Frenchman was valuable and in great form over the opening week of the race, however after suffering two crashes throughout the second week he was no longer capable of riding at his best, and he has now abandoned the race due to the injuries.

Stage 17

Nothing to note.

Stage 18

At the start of stage 18 two riders did not take to the start. Intermarché's Niccolò Bonifazio has been diagnosed with bronchitis and Bardiani's Luca Covilli has came down with gastroenteritis.

Stage 19

Hugh Carthy has abandoned the Giro, not starting stage 19 of the race deep into the mountains. The Briton had been suffering with stomach issues and left the race whilst trying to break into the Top10.

Stage 20

Nothing to note.

Stage 21

Nothing to note.

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