“This is a very bad day for us" - INEOS Grenadiers left lamenting bad luck after stage 11 sees Tao Geoghegan Hart crash out of the Giro d'Italia

Starting the day with five riders in the top 11, INEOS Grenadiers saw two of their men fall out of GC contention following a crash on a day of bad luck on stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia.

“Normally it would be a long ride but one where there was no danger, although there was the bad weather. But this has turned out to be a very bad day for us," said INEOS Grenadiers's sports director Matteo Tosatto following the stage. "We lost Geoghegan Hart, Sivakov fell hard and Thomas also fell to the ground. That's sport, but I'm disappointed for Geoghegan Hart. He was in top form."

Sadly for Tao Geoghegan Hart, he was forced to leave the Giro d'Italia in an ambulance. Pavel Sivakov came home nearly fourteen minutes down, ruling him out of general classification contention. Thankfully though, Geraint Thomas was able to quickly remount his bike and finished safely in the bunch.

“The Giro is gone in a second. This is not easy," laments Tossato. “He was in a lot of pain. I was not allowed to touch his leg. Now we are waiting for news from the hospital, I hope it goes well. Tomorrow we will continue, but this is difficult for the boys.”

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