Pozzovivo in shocking crash at Giro

Italian rider Domenico Pozzovivo was taken to hospital after being involved in a horrific crash during stage three of the Giro d’Italia.

The AG2R-La Mondiale rider crashed on a descent and lay motionless for some time before he was put in an ambulance with a neck brace and survival blanket.

His team


he was “conscious and lucid” when taken away from the course and initial news was


The 32-year-old finished fifth overall in last year’s race.

“In a stage like this, anything can happen around any corner, like it did with the crash of Pozzovivo,” said Etixx-QuickStep’s Rigoberto Uran.

“I saw him crash in front of me. I hope that it is nothing serious, and I wish him all the best.”

Pozzovivo, seen as one of the contenders in the general classification, hit the ground head first with about 40km (24.9 miles) left in the 136km (84.5-mile) ride between Rapallo and Sestri Levante.

As television cameras zoomed in on Pozzovivo when he lay prone on the ground, Britain’s 2013 Tour de France champion

Chris Froome tweeted: 

“Is it really necessary to show these images of Pozzovivo at the #Giro2015? Have some respect for the rider and his family!”

The scenes evoked memories of the third stage in 2011 when Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt

died after crashing during the third stage


Australia’s Michael Matthews, of the Orica Green-Edge team, took the stage win in a bunch sprint to retain the Maglia Rosa.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/32693586

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