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Miguel Angel Lopez quits Giro d’Italia on Stage 4 due to injury – Astana

Miguel Angel Lopez quits Giro d’Italia on Stage 4 due to injury

The leader of Astana Qazaqstan Team Miguel Angel Lopez was forced to abandon the race in the first kilometers of Stage 4 to Etna due to left thigh injury.

“Well, Miguel Angel has some thigh problems for a few days already. We tried to do our best to solve it during the first stages in Budapest and during the rest day, but it did not work. Today, unfortunately, he had to stop. Our first diagnosis is the tendon inflammation to the left quadriceps due probable overload or old injury. But, in the next days the rider will pass deep medical check up to find the exact cause of the injury to start the appropriate treatment”, – said Emilio Magni, team doctor.

 

“It is really sad to finish the Giro in this way after just four days due to an injury. The team staff did all possible to help me to recover during these days, but it was impossible in racing conditions. I was hoping day by day that it becomes better and I could pass it, but today I just could not push the pedals normally due to the pain in my thigh. I am really sorry to leave the race and my teammates, who came here to help me to fight for the General Classification, but that’s cycling. I wish all the guys good luck and I hope the team will do a strong race!” – said Miguel Angel Lopez.

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— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

ISN’s injury update after stage 12 Giro d’Italia

Bad luck struck Israel Start-Up Nation on the twelfth day of racing in the Giro d’Italia. Both Alex Dowsett and Alessandro De Marchi were forced to abandon.

Alessandro De Marchi crashed out of the race after he raced aggressively to get into the break. He was taken to hospital and was there diagnosed with a broken right collarbone, six broken ribs. He also broke his first and second vertebra.

Giro d’Italia 2021 – 104th Edition – 9th stage Castel di Sangro – Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio) 158 km – 16/05/2021 – Alessandro De Marchi (ITA – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2021

Dema did not suffer a head injury but does have to stay in the hospital for at least one night.

From his hospital bed, he said: “I am fine.” For his teammates, he had a supportive message: “Go and keep fighting. Never give up!”

Giro d’Italia 2021 – 104th Edition – 7th stage Notaresco – Termoli 181 km – 14/05/2021 – Alex Dowsett (GBR – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

Later on in the day, the twelfth stage of the Giro, Alex Dowsett also had to abandon the race. He had coped with stomach problems that forced him to quit halfway into this year’s Giro.

Israel Start-Up Nation is now left with five riders.

On the opening day of the Giro, Krists Neilands broke a collarbone after a very unfortunate crash when riding back to the hotel after the individual time trial.

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com