The cyclist Britons Geraint Thomas and cyclist Adam Yates has hopes of winning the Giro d’Italia, but their hopes have disappeared after motorbike of a police caused them to crash on the ninth stage on Sunday.
It was won by Nairo Quintana.
Spanish teammate Mikel Landa and Welshman Thomas, who were joint leaders of Team Sky for the Giro, at the time suffered significant time losses after the crash, which took place inside the final 15 KM of the stage of 149km extended from Montenero Di Bisaccia and ended at Blockhaus.
Similarly, Yates (Orica-Scott) with a solo victory took full advantage. During the race, the motorbike of a police had pulled to the road’s left side of the Thomas and Yates while approaching to the concluding 13.6km stage ascent of Blockhaus.
The peloton was quickly travelling and spread to the full width across the asphalt. And for Wilco Kelderman there remained no place to go.
Meanwhile, he hit the stationary bike and fell down, wiping out Team Sky squad adjacent to him, including Landa and Thomas.
Welsh riding star Geraint Thomas seems to be a top favorite in the upcoming Flanders Tour. It adds quite a unique flavor to this year’s Flanders Tour as it’s generally a Belgian-dominated chase.
Among the total 98 seasons covered by this esteemed race, Belgians have topped in 68 editions. This year will mark the 99th edition of this historic race which is deemed as the 2nd of the 5 Monument races.
The first winner of this race was the famous Belgian great Paul Deman & he is one among the 6 riders to win it thrice.
However, this year, a gutsy Welshman, a Czech, a Slovak & a Norwegian are among the favorites who would be striving to succeed Swiss legend Cancellara (Fabian) as champion.
Interestingly, one among the reasons behind the confidence of these new favorites is that the defending rider himself- one among the riders with 3 Flanders Tour wins – is severely injured. Besides, another strong competitor Tom Boonen won’t be participating at Flanders this time given serious injured.
Cancellara has been ruled out of the historic race with two fractured vertebrae & Tom is nursing his dislocated shoulder. Thus, the race seems wide open to compete and score big for the new favorites.