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(Reuters) – Former Giro d’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart was compelled out of the race on stage 11 on Wednesday after crashing closely on a slippery descent with round 70km remaining.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider, who received the Giro in 2020, was driving together with his group mates together with total chief Geraint Thomas who additionally hit the deck however managed to proceed.
British rider Geoghegan Hart, third within the total standings, was attended to by medics earlier than being loaded into an ambulance.
Race favorite Primoz Roglic was additionally concerned within the crash however managed to proceed on a Jumbo Visma group mate’s bike.
Shortly afterwards, Movistar rider Oscar Rodriguez suffered a crash wherein he got here into contact with a roadside signal.
This yr’s weather-affected Giro has been hit with a number of high-profile withdrawals with former race chief Remco Evenepoel having to desert after testing constructive for COVID-19.
Wednesday’s stage is the longest within the race, a 219km journey from Camaiore to Tortona.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Modifying by Christian Radnedge)