This little piece of cork should simply have flown into the sky of Jesi, the arrival town of the 10th stage of the Tour of Italy, which saw the victory of the Eritrean Biniam Girmay, the first rider from black Africa to win a stage of a grand tour. But the latter will have had bad luck… Hit in the eye, he will not leave this Wednesday morning according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian daily specifies that it was the team of Tuesday's winner, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, who made this decision as painful as a misplaced projectile. The Belgian formation chose the path of caution, while additional examinations are planned today for the cyclist.
The winner of the Belgian classic Ghent-Wevelgem at the end of March had, a few minutes before his unfortunate accident, created a sensation by winning the sprint ahead of the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, winner of the 1st stage. Halfway through the race, it was still the Spaniard Juan-Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) who wore the leader's pink jersey.