Clouds of Injuries Looming


More and more clouds of injuries are looming over the Tour de France which is slated to start in the last week of June. The bad weather conditions due to rain and snow at Giro d’italia has played an instrumental role in making many riders sick and injured. The latest rider to join the camp of injured is Alessandro Vanotti of the Astana team. He is also one of the prime team mates of Nibali. Vanotti is suffering from a broken collarbone while getting off the bike. Another rider who pulled out of the competition with the same problem is Enrico Battaglin. He was the winner of stage four and look really promising at the rest of the stages in Giro before he suffered from the injury.

British rider David Millar of team Garmin Sharp also withdrew from the tour with a chest infection. Giro d’italia was really important for Millar as he needs to prove himself this year. He was involved in the scandal of doping as well but the two year ban on him was removed because he gave evidence against legendary Lance Amstrong. Gret Steegman who was the lead man for Mark Cavendish also dropped out of the tour. The cold and dangerous weather conditions prevented him from even making it to the start line on Saturday.

Apart from them, the initial stages of the Giro saw the defending champion Ryder Hesjedal withdraw due to a worsening physical health condition. He is recovering from a virus attack and hoping to be 100% fit ahead of the Tour de France. He was grief stricken as he had built himself up for the Giro and now when he had to pull out, it was really difficult. Sir Bradley Wiggins also had to retire hurt from the competition in a dramatic way where his Sky team mates helped him to finish the short stage. He is suffering from illness and vows to get back on the road before the French tour.