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Cadel Evans kept his overall lead and avoided several crashes Tuesday. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Cadel Evans kept his overall lead and avoided several crashes Tuesday. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 10: Eijssen Lost To Crash

20. maggio 2014

Cadel Evans avoided several crashes Tuesday at the Giro d'Italia on his way to a ninth-place finish and retention of the maglia rosa leader's jersey. But the BMC Racing Team lost the services of teammate Yannick Eijssen, who crashed with less than 20 kilometers to go and was taken to hospital by rescue squad.

'Taking More Risks'
The BMC Racing Team's leader said resumption of racing after the second rest day might have contributed to the crashes, which included one on a turn near the finish and the one with Eijssen when the pack was also riding fast. "There were fresher riders and maybe some of the sprinters seeing their last opportunity – so they were taking more risks on the descent," Evans said. "Then, in the final with the corners, there is only so much space for so many riders. But a lot of them want to be in front." Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) won his third stage ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) and Michael Matthews (ORICA-GreenEDGE) in the 173-kilometer race.

'A Big Loss'
Eijssen hit his elbow and landed hard on his chest in the crash. But X-rays revealed no broken bones, said BMC Racing Team Dr. Giovanni Ruffini. The loss of Eijssen, who was riding his first Giro after helping Evans win the Giro del Trentino, will be felt, Sport Director Fabio Baldato said. "It is a big loss because Yannick was doing well and riding strongly," he said. "It is important to have all of your riders when you are fighting to win the Giro. A lot of other teams have already lost riders and now it is harder for us." Heading into Wednesday's medium mountain stage, Evans holds a 57-second advantage over Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), with eight others within two minutes of the lead.

Eijssen Hit A Hole
After being examined at the hospital and treated for a wound on his elbow, Eijssen recalled what happened. "After a roundabout, there was a long, small hole," he said. "I hit it and went over my handlebars. The next thing, (Sport Director) Jackson Stewart was already next to me in the car. I was just dizzy." Eijssen said he has made it a habit of steering clear of crashes – until the Giro. "The last three years, I have crashed maybe two or three times," he said. "Now I have crashed three days in a row. It is very strange how this happens. Bad luck, I think." Eijssen said he hopes to be fully recovered in a week or two.

Listen to complete comments from Eijssen and Evans (in English and Italian) on the BMC Racing Team's special Giro d'Italia Audio Line.

See photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team Flickr gallery.