Crash-Marred Time Trial for Sánchez9. September 2016, Calp (ESP) — Road Team
Samuel Sánchez’s individual time trial ended in disappointment when he crashed with 7km to go, losing significant time and dropping out of the top ten on the General Classification.
Sánchez started strongly and was sitting in a good position in the first two intermediate time checks. It was with 7km to go that he came through a corner and lost control of his bike on a narrow section of the road.
As well as requiring a bike change it was clear that Sánchez was injured in the process. He managed to finish the time trial and will be taken to hospital for X-Rays of his ride side.
A further update on Sánchez’s condition will be provided when possible.
Silvan Dillier and Ben Hermans put in solid time trial performances, finishing in 15th and 20th place respectively. BMC Racing Team continues to lead the team classification, 14’26” in front of Movistar with one difficult stage to go before the final stage in Madrid.
Quotes from the Finish Line
BMC Racing Team Doctor – Dr. Daniele Zaccaria:
“Samuel is currently on his way to the hospital where he will undergo X-Rays of his right side which was the main point of impact when he crashed. We will then assess his injuries and make a decision as to whether he is fit to race the final two stages of the Vuelta a Espana.”
Sports Director – Valerio Piva:
“Samuel was very strong. He was around sixth or seventh place and during the time trial he was so concentrated. We arrived at more or less 7km to the finish where the road was narrow and divided in two. It was not possible to go on the other side and out of the corner he was really fast and the bike slid out. He crashed very fast so I saw immediately that it was a very bad crash. The bike was destroyed so we gave him a new bike but it was clear that he was not able to continue. He finished the stage but I am really scared that tomorrow he cannot start. Maybe the Vuelta is finished here for us. All of the nice days that we had until now finish like that. But ok that is the sport, that is cycling and I hope that it is nothing bad for him. It was a bad day for us.”
Vuelta a Espana
Stage 19 ITT: Xabia > Calp (37km)
Top 3: 1. Chris Froome (Team Sky), 2. Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team), Tobais Ludvigsson (Team Giant-Alpecin).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 15. Silvan Dillier, 20. Ben Hermans, 54. Dylan Teuns
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 12. Samuel Sánchez, 14. Ben Hermans, 39. Darwin Atapuma
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