Velonews: Contador Crashes In Giro’s Stage 6 Sprint, Injures Left Shoulder


Jan 3, 2005
<figure ><img title="Cycling: 98th Tour of Italy 2015 / Stage 6" src=""/><p>Alberto Contador's first day in pink ended on a sour note as the Tinkoff-Saxo leader crashed in the finale. Photo: Tim De Waele | <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p></figure><p>Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) hit the ground in a large crash at the finish of <a title="Greipel wins Giro d’Italia stage 6; Contador crashes" href="" target="_blank">stage 6</a> of the Giro d’Italia, separating his left shoulder. </p>
<p>Whether or not Contador will start Friday’s stage will be decided in the morning, according to the team. </p>
<p>“Clearly there’s the possibility,” said Tinkoff-Saxo general manager Stefano Feltrin. “It’s impossible to say with certainty if he can continue.”</p>
<p>Following the crash, which occured in the final meters of Thursday’s stage, the Spaniard stood up quickly and rode across the line, receiving the same time as the rest of the front group and retaining his two-second lead over Fabio Aru (Astana) in the general classification. But he declined to put on the pink jersey as he stood for the podium presentation. His left arm hung limp at his side as he waved the maglia rosa, clutched in his right hand, toward the crowd.</p>
<p>Contador was taken for X-Rays, according to a team spokesman. The examination showed now broken bones, but rather a separated shoulder.</p>
<p>“He isn’t in serious pain and that’s already a good thing. He couldn’t put on the jersey on the podium because he was wearing an ice pack,” said Feltrin. </p>
<p>An official medical bulletin from the Giro d’Italia states: “Clinical examination revealed a slight instability of the left shoulder joint, as compared to the right one. The rider experienced slight pain.”</p>
<p>The crash, apparently caused by a fan’s long camera lens, also resulted in a visibly dislocated elbow for Danielle Colli of Nippo-Vini Fantini, who initiated the chain-reaction crash. Colli was unable to finish the stage and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.</p>
<p>Colli “underwent x-ray examinations that confirmed a compound fracture of the left humerus, while CAT scans ruled out further fractures or damage to the internal organs of the chest and abdomen,” according to the medical bulletin. </p>
<p>André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage, a mostly flat 183 kilometers ending in Castiglione della Pescaia.</p>
<p><em>Check back for more updates on Contador’s condition as this story develops.</em></p>
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