“It was hard to see Tao lying there during those five minutes" - Pavel Sivakov injured but survives Giro d'Italia crash

Pavel Sivakov had until now ridden a strong Giro d'Italia, riding in support of his leaders Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart. Last afternoon as they crashed so did he, and although he managed to avoid abandoning the race he has been left injured and out of GC contention.

“It could be better, it could be worse. I didn't break anything, although my hips did take a big blow. I was in a lot of pain and couldn't get back on the bike right away," Sivakov, one of the riders involved in the crash that additionally to his leaders also took down Primoz Roglic, said after the stage. "I had to wait four to five minutes before I could continue. However, I managed to finish the stage and that is the most important thing.”

The Frenchman had started the day in eighth position in the overall classification, and is one more name who has had to pull out due to the crashes that have heavily affected the race thus far. He rode all the way into the finish alone, almost 14 minutes down on the peloton, but continues in the race where he could prove to be support for Geraint Thomas.

“It was hard to see Tao lying there during those five minutes. I saw right away that it was not good," he explained - Hart was later diagnosed with a fracture in the hip. "Now it's time to keep fighting as a team. We still have the pink jersey and that also gave me the motivation to keep going. I felt bad, but still wanted to try so I wouldn't regret it.”

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