Giro. Tour of Italy – Massacre at Israel-Premier Tech… with 3 retirements!

Giro. Tour of Italy – Massacre at Israel-Premier Tech… with 3 retirements!
Giro. Tour of Italy – Massacre at Israel-Premier Tech… with 3 retirements!

The 5th step of Tour of Italy will have been terrible for training Israel-Premier Tech ! Three of its runners fell during the latter… and the three will not leave again this Thursday noon! Involved in the fall 26 kilometers from the finish in Lucca which also brought down Tobias Foss (INEOS Grenadiers) and Attila Valter (Team Visma | Lease a Bike), the Canadian Michael Woods (photo) and the Israeli Nadav Raisberg are unable to continue the Girojust like another Canadian, Riley Pickrellwho had hit a central reservation about ten kilometers earlier and got up with a bloody face.

Thomas, Laporte, Woods… the 5th stage of the Giro 2024!

Michael Woods: “I’m really disappointed to leave the Tour of Italy, but I have to prioritize my health”

Suffering from no fracture, Michael Woods However, he shows signs of concussion, and as a precaution, he will return home this Thursday to recover. “I’m really disappointed to leave the Tour of Italy, but I have to prioritize my health. There will be many other goals this season and I’m motivated for those”explains the one who was the only climber in his team on this Giro. Regarding Nadav Raisberg, it was a fracture to a bone in his right hand that forced the 23-year-old Israeli to give up. His first experience on a Grand Tour therefore ended after only five days of racing.

Finally, in the case of Riley Pickrellwho was also competing in the first three-week race of his career, Israel-Premier Tech specifies that “Although he felt well enough to start, minor mix-ups were identified and the team was not willing to risk a concussion. Riley needs time to recover and today’s stage (Thursday) is too risky.” The 22-year-old Canadian spoke out. “I’m super disappointed, leaving your first Grand Tour is something no rider wants to do […] I hope to have this opportunity again to compete and this time to finish a Grand Tour.”

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