The Israel Start-Up Nation rider, who wore a pink jersey for the leading rider for the fourth day after the fourth stage, fell after becoming part of the escape. Television cameras did not capture him until he was loaded onto a stretcher before being transported to the hospital.
According to the team, the 35-year-old cyclist was conscious and had no serious head injuries. Before resigning from the race, he was ranked 62nd in the overall standings.
The ambitious Spaniard Marc Soler also hit the premature end on Thursday. The leader of the Movistar stable was in 11th place after Wednesday with a loss of three minutes and 19 seconds on the leading Colombian Egan Bernal.
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After a few miles, Soler held on to his painful lower back and moved on the tail of the peloton. He tried to ice the place on the track, but after about 20 kilometers he was already communicating with the ambulance crew. He finally withdrew from the race after 60 kilometers, when the competitors reached Florence.
“We have to confirm the sad news that Marc Soler will not continue in the race. He paid for the consequences of the fall from the beginning of the 12th stage, “Movistar said in a statement.
Shortly after Soler, the Swiss Gino Mäder also left the peloton. The winner of the sixth stage from the Bahrain-Victorius team started on Thursday with a bandage on his left shoulder. The pain probably persisted and made it impossible for the Swiss to continue the race.