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19-year-old Dimension Data Continental rider seriously injured during Italian race

Keagan Girdlestone reportedly collided with the back of a team car during the Coppa della Pace race in Italy

19-year-old Dimension Data Continental Rider Seriously Injured During Italian Race

Keagan Girdlestone, junior time trial, 2015 World Championships

Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental team rider Keagan Girdlestone was seriously injured during the Coppa della Pace race in Italy on Sunday. A post on his father s Facebook page reports that he is in a critical but stable condition. Italian website Tuttobici reported1 that the 19-year-old South African hit the back of a team car as he was chasing back to the peloton after an earlier crash. The race was subsequently cancelled. Exact details of the incident are still unclear.

The team tweeted on Sunday evening that they were waiting for a medical report on Girdlestone. He was transported from the race to a hospital in Rimini.

We can confirm @Keagan_vtc was involved in a serious crash during a u23 race in Italy today. We re waiting on race medical for further info, said the team.

We can confirm @Keagan_vtc2 was involved in a serious crash during a u23 race in Italy today. We’re waiting on race medical for further info.

Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) June 5, 20163

A message was posted on his father Wayne s Facebook page4 on Sunday evening saying: Keagan has been in an accident and is currently in theatre in a critical but stable condition. Your prayers for his strength and for him to continue fighting would be appreciated. What is on social media is not factual so please keep him in your prayers as he is a fighter. Girdlestone won the Tour du Valromey and Ronde des Valles in 2015, and placed fourth in the junior time trial at the UCI World Championships.

He moved to Lucca, Italy, with the team for the 2016 season to gain more experience of racing in Europe.

References

  1. ^ Tuttobici reported (www.tuttobiciweb.it)
  2. ^ @Keagan_vtc (twitter.com)
  3. ^ June 5, 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ father Wayne s Facebook page (www.facebook.com)

Sky’s Danny van Poppel wins Tour de Yorkshire stage two

Dylan Groenewegen retains overall lead in Tour de Yorkshire after Danny van Poppel sprints to victory in Doncaster
– Photos by Andy Jones

Sky’s Danny Van Poppel Wins Tour De Yorkshire Stage Two

Danny van Poppel wins stage two, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage two

Danny van Poppel (Team Sky1) won stage two of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire2 on Saturday. Yorkshire seems to be a happy hunting ground for the Dutch after van Poppel won a chaotic sprint. The 22-year-old took his first victory since joining for Team Sky at the start of this year, in a very tight sprint at the end of the 136-kilometre stage between Otley and Doncaster. Compatriot Dylan Groenewegen retained the over all lead after finishing second, with German Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) third, with Chris Opie (One Pro Cycling) top Briton in fourth place.

Van Poppel s win follows that of countrywoman Kirsten Wild in this morning s women s race making the weekend a resounding success for the Netherlands.

>>> Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Latest news, reports and info3

The stage was always billed as one likely to finish in a sprint, and the peloton allowed a group of six riders to escape virtually as soon as the flag dropped. Despite building a lead in excess of two minutes before the first climb after 11 kilometres, the short 136km stage meant the group was never allowed too much of a lead, race leader Groenewegen s LottoNL-Jumbo team pegging it to around 1-30.

Sky’s Danny Van Poppel Wins Tour De Yorkshire Stage Two

Danny van Poppel after winning stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage two

The group, comprised of Rich Handley (One Pro Cycling), Gruff Lewis (Madison Genesis), Stijn Steels (TopSport-Vlaanderen), Michael M rk v (Katusha), Josh Edmondson and Edmund Bradbury (both NFTO), worked together, with Handley cresting both classified climbs in first place. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) attacked after the feed zone, just over 50km from the finish in Doncaster, the Frenchman eventually bridging the gap to the six leaders not long before the second intermediate sprint. With 36km to go and the gap closing on the final classified climb at Conisbrough Castle, Rich Handley again bagged all the mountains and with it took over the lead in the Mountains classification from One Pro team mate Pete Williams.

>>> Technical issues leave TV viewers in the dark for Saturday s Tour de Yorkshire races4

The final 30km saw the leading group down to four riders, Handley, Lewis and Bradbury having returned to the peloton, which itself was working hard to close the gap, which they had reduced to just 20 seconds with 115 of the 136km behind them. After being left to dangle on the front by a peloton led by the combined forces of Sky, BMC, Orica-GreenEdge and LottoNL-Jumbo, the catch finally made with ten kilometres to go. With the catch made, it was Team Sky who led the bunch into the final kilometres for their new man to take their second win of the day after Chris Froome s success in Switzerland5.

Tomorrow s third and final 198km stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire between Middlesbrough and Scarborough is the longest and most challenging of the race and is unlikely to end in a third sprint finish.

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 result

Stage two: Otley to Doncaster, 136km
1. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky in 3-04-20
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
4. Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro Cycling
5. Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis
6. Albert Torres (Spa) Raleigh-GAC
7.

Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
8. Christopher Lawless (GBr) JLT Condor
9. Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor
10. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge all same time

Sky’s Danny Van Poppel Wins Tour De Yorkshire Stage Two

Dylan Groenewegen in the race lead after stage two, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage two

General classification after stage two
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Lotto-Jumbo in 8-13-15
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky at 6 secs
3. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant Alpecin at 8 secs
4. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge at 10 secs
5. Gruffudd Lewis (GBr) Madison-Genesis at 12 secs
6.

Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis at 13 secs
7. Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen at 13 secs
8. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie at 14 secs
9.

Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data at 15 secs
10.

Richard Handley (GBr) One Pro Cycling at 15 secs

Sky’s Danny Van Poppel Wins Tour De Yorkshire Stage Two

Richard Handley in the KOM lead, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage two

References

  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour de Yorkshire (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Latest news, reports and info (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Technical issues leave TV viewers in the dark for Saturday s Tour de Yorkshire races (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Chris Froome s success in Switzerland (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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