Remco Evenepoel crashed twice during Stage 5 of the Tour of Italy 2023 on Wednesday, but it wasn’t the slippery conditions that brought down the race favorite the first time around.
The 23-year-old Quick-Step cyclist from Soudal had already covered 152km during the 171km race when a dog on a sidewalk appeared to run into the street as the peloton passed.
Video showed the animal making a beeline for the herd, forcing Evenepoel to the ground. His teammate Davide Ballerini also fell as a result of the accident.
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According to Reuters, Evenepoel was back in the race just two minutes later and collided again with several other riders in the final sprint with less than 2 kilometers to go.
«He has a lot of pain on the right side and a bruise with contraction of the muscles and some problems in the sacrum,» said Soudal Quick-Step team doctor Toon Cruyt. «Hopefully, with a good massage and osteopathic treatment followed by a good night’s rest, things will improve.»
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«After a rainy day comes a sunny day,» Evenepoel wrote in a Twitter update on Thursday.
«Yesterday was difficult, but after a good night and great attention from the staff, the feeling today has been good and I’m looking forward to the next few days. Thanks to the team for always doing everything possible to get me safely to the finish line.»
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Danish cyclist Mads Pedersen, 27, rose to the top on Thursday to win Stage 6. He has now won stages in all three Grand Tours.
The Giro ends in Rome on May 28.
Associated Press contributed to this report.