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Multiple high-profile riders forced to retire after crash at the Vuelta a Espana

Joseph Delves
29 Aug 2019

Rigoberto Urán, Nicolas Roche and Hugh Carthy are all headed to hospital

A nasty crash during the sixth stage of the Vuelta a Espana has seen several riders forced to abandon. Chief among these were sixth-placed rider Rigoberto Urán (Education First) and former race leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb). The incident also put paid to the hopes of Hugh Carthy, also of Education First, and CCC Team’s Victor de la Parte.

With 11 riders having escaped off the front, the crash in the bunch came around 100 kilometres into the stage. Primarily involving riders from Lotto-Soudal, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Jumbo-Visma and Education First, the accident contributed to the success of the break, with few of the riders left upright seeming keen to chase.

Having already lost its co-leader Steven Kruijswijk due to a crash in the opening team time-trial, Jumbo-Visma suffered again with George Bennett, Tony Martin and Neilsen Powless all hitting the tarmac.

Although none of the three was forced to retire, Martin was later seen sporting a nasty looking abrasion to the side of his thigh.

Ahead of the accident, Tejay van Garderen further added to a bleak day for Education First, when he shot off the course having overcooked a corner. Initially looking to have been a serious accident, he was nevertheless later able to rejoin the race.

Up the road and ahead of the crashes, Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) took the win, with Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) going into the overall lead.

With so many riders involved, there may well be more retirements overnight.