Having started at the fault in the perilous descent of the Passo San Valentino, Remco Evenepoel was able to get up and finish the 17th stage of the Giro, Wednesday, and reach the finish more than 36 minutes after the winner, Dan Martin. But this fall forced the leader of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team to give up the start of the next stage, although he has been in difficulty for several days. The medical examinations ruled out any fracture but the Belgian suffers from numerous cuts and contusions, on his left hand, the kneecap, or on the 8th dimension.
This diagnosis prompted Deceuninck-Quick Step to end Evenepoel’s race, so that he could recover as quickly as possible. “It’s a fall that shouldn’t have happened, regretted the runner in the press release. I don’t really know what happened in front of me, but I saw guys on the ground and I couldn’t pass to the right because I was next to another guy, I had no chance of avoiding the fall. There is nothing broken but I have a lot of bruises, it doesn’t make sense to continue with the pain. I am going back to Belgium for further exams. And we’ll see. It’s sad to leave the race and my first Grand Tour so early but it was a good experience. “