Ed Malyon

Samuel Sanchez out of Vuelta a España after time trial crash (video)

Spaniard Samuel Sanchez diagnosed with dislocated shoulder after crashing during the Vuelta a Espa a time trial on Friday

Samuel Sanchez1 (BMC) has been forced to withdraw from the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a2 after dislocating his shoulder as a result of crashing during the stage 19 time trial3.

Sanchez had started the day in seventh position overall, and was looking like he would move up the GC after posting top 10 times at the first and second time checks. Disaster struck for the Spaniard with just 7km to go on the stage, as he spectacularly slid out on a corner at high speed, landing heavily on his side.

>>> Five talking points from stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espa a4

Remarkably, Sanchez remounted his bike and rode to the finish. He was then taken immediately to hospital.

I had a brutal crash with 7km to go in a corner to right, Sanchez said in a team statement.

I was doing a good TT and I think I was able to finish it in the top 5 or 6 and gain some GC positions. Right now the physical pain is nothing compared to my soul. I am only two days from the final and we did a big sacrifice to be here fighting with the best riders.

Samuel Sanchez Out Of Vuelta A España After Time Trial Crash (video)

Sammy Sanchez on stage 19 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana

I know this is sport and cycling but it s hard to accept it now. The important thing is I haven t broken anything even if my right shoulder is dislocated. I hope to recover fast and give my best in this final of season in the Italian races in October. It s a second blow for BMC, who lost Tejay van Garderen from its Vuelta squad on stage 17 when the American withdrew due to fatigue. The squad s highest-ranked rider is now Ben Hermans, in 14th place overall and 13-18 behind race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

The squad were also leading the team classification prior to Sanchez s withdrawal. The Vuelta a Espa a continues on Saturday with the final mountain stage, before the race finale in Madrid on Sunday. Quintana leads time trial winner Chris Froome (Sky) by 1-21 in the general classification.

References

  1. ^ Samuel Sanchez (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ stage 19 time trial (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Five talking points from stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Police called as Roma midfielder is mistaken for terrorist by hotel guests

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been caught up in an extraordinary situation after guests of the hotel he was staying in called police suspecting him of being a terrorist. Major cities around Europe are understandably on edge after the events in Paris last week and then the threat to Hannover on Tuesday evening.12

Yet the Belgian international, whose father was Indonesian, reportedly caused alarm with his hat and tattoos while relaxing in in the Raddison hotel in Antwerp with family. Police attended the scene, only to recognise the 27-year-old star and realise that there had been a mistake.

And an incredibly understanding Nainggolan even posed for pictures with the policemen (above) to show that there were no hard feelings.

Police Called As Roma Midfielder Is Mistaken For Terrorist By Hotel Guests Chilling: Radja with family in Antwerp

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Nainggolan was in the Belgium squad to face Spain this week, another fixture that was cancelled due to a security risk with suspected terrorists on the loose in Brussels suburb Molenbeek.

He will now return to the Italian capital, where the Giallorossi resume Serie A action against Bologna this weekend.

References

  1. ^ the events in Paris last week (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ the threat to Hannover on Tuesday evening. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Not exactly threatening!

    Radja Nainggolan dances with his child on Snapchat (www.mirror.co.uk)