Alaphilippe and Kwiatkowski leave in the Basque Country

"I'm leaving, this is over," resolved As in Vitoria. Yesterday he was involved in the montonera six kilometers to finish and lost his clear options to the txapela.


The French Alaphilippe has been forced to abandon the Vuelta al País Vasco as a consequence of the injuries that occurred in the fall of six kilometers yesterday to finish the stage in the Sanctuary of Estibaliz. The runner, one of the favorites for the txapela, has been staying at the Vitoria Hotel Ruta de Europa and has made the decision at 11:00 a.m. , accompanied by an assistant, has boarded a car on the way to Loiu airport, to fly to Belgium, on a flight to Brussels at 14:20 hours.

The French cyclist has spoken with As on his hasty abandonment: "I'm fine, but not to run, this is over." It's a shame but I'm going home. " Alaphilippe, one of the most beloved in Euskadi, won last year in two days and won the second stage of the current edition, in the sprint of Gorraiz, but injuries by the montonera of the third have caused him not to take the start in today's, in a meeting of 164 kilometers between Vitoria and Arrigorriaga. From now on he will start his recovery at home in the Ardennes.

The race starts with Schachmann as a yellow jersey and surprising everyone, including himself. The worst part yesterday was Castroviejo and Hansen, evacuated to a hospital. Iñigo Sarriegui, doctor of the Sky, alluded to the cyclist getxotarra: "Jonathan has a fracture in his right clavicle, as we feared. We will get a surgical opinion and probably need an operation. It also has some smaller fractures, although it is unlikely that you need any intervention. One of its ribs is fractured, it has a very small fracture in the left wrist and a stable fracture of parts of a vertebra. He should go home today, after spending the night in contemplation. "Mas and Thomas were also eliminated from the possibility of victory, although they are still in the race, and Ion Izagirre took advantage of the mess and ascended to second place overall.

During the During the stage of this Thursday there were also numerous falls due to the rain. Many were affected who had to leave, as well as another favorite: Michal Kwiatkowski. The Polish, leader of the Sky, withdrew from the race in the kilometer 74. Also, in the final stretch, cyclists from Astana (Pello Bilbao and Lutsenko) went to the ground, as well as several Deceuninck (Mikkel Honoré and Pieter Serry) .



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