Wackermann out of Giro as helicopter leads to crash

Barrier taken over by draft from heli-copter strikes two riders on Giro’s fourth stage

By Reuters

Last Updated: 07/10/20 7: 11am

Luca Wackermann - pictured using for former team Bardiani CSF Italy - suffered a serious accident at the Giro d' Italia

Luca Wackermann – pictured driving for former team Bardiani CSF Italy – suffered a serious accident at the Giro d’Italia

Italian rider Luca Wackermann was forced to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia with multiple injuries carrying out a major crash during Tuesday’s 4th stage caused by a low-flying helicopter.

The crash, which delivered down Wackermann and Dutchman Etienne van Empel of the Vini Zabu-KTM team, happened at the end of the phase when a barrier was blown more than by the draft from the helicopter plus struck the two riders.

A statement from the Italian group said Wackermann had suffered concussion due to a head injury, as well as a break of the nasal bones, multiple contusions to the face, on the chin and the right knee.

The 28-year-old also sustained several bruises to his arms and legs along with a suspected back fracture.

“Wackermann will spend the night within the hospital kept under observation plus losing that chance to live the dream vanished because of an event that could have brought some weightier consequences, ” read the statement.

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Geraint Thomas saw his Giro d' Italia hopes extinguished after a crash into a stray water bottle

Geraint Thomas saw his Giro d’Italia hopes extinguished after a crash into a stray water bottle

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