May 30th, 2024

Canadian riders Michael Woods, Riley Pickrell crash out of Giro d’Italia

By The Canadian Press on May 9, 2024.

Canada's Michael Woods wins the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 182.5 kilometres (113.5 miles) with start in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat and finish in Puy de Dome, France, Sunday, July 9, 2023. Canadian riders Woods and Riley Pickrell are out of the Giro d'Italia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Daniel Cole

Canadian riders Michael Woods and Riley Pickrell are out of the Giro d’Italia.

The two Canadians and Israel-Premier Tech teammate Nadav Raisberg were involved in the same crash Wednesday on the fifth stage of the Giro, which precedes the Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta on the Grand Tour calendar.

Israel-Premier Tech said Woods was ruled out after showing symptoms of a mild concussion overnight while Pickrell, whose face bore the brunt of the crash, was held out of the race in the wake of “some slight confusion.”

The crash left Woods 107th in the general classification standings while Israel’s Raisberg, who broke his hand, was 164th and Pickrell 169th.

Wednesday’s fifth stage covered 178 kilometres from Genova to Lucca.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2024

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