Team Sky shares update on Eddie Dunbar injuries after crash

Posted on: February 20th, 2019

Eddie Dunbar was still able to manage a smile and thumbs up but sadly his challenge has ended in Volta ao Algarve. He was among a large group of riders taken down with 7km remaining.


Team Sky has said Eddie Dunbar suffered a shoulder injury, probably dislocated, and some head impact when he crashed today at Volta ao Algarve.

The 22-year-old Irishman was holding his place near the front of the peloton when the crash occurred 7km from the finish.

A Trek-Segafredo rider rubbed a team mate’s wheel and fell in the jockeying for position as the finale was well underway.

Dunbar was right beside the first faller; the fourth Team Sky rider in a five-man formation down the side of the bunch.

And when the crash happened he simply had nowhere to go, being taken down hard and without warning. He was one of four Team Sky riders to crash.

While he got back to his feet and looked like he was possibly waiting for mechanical assistance, he went no further in the race due to his injuries.

Wout Poels, Luke Rowe and David de la Cruz were the only Team Sky riders not to crash. They finished in the front group, from which Fabio Jakobsen (Deceunick-QuickStep) won the stage.

Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard and Dylan van Baarle all fell with Dunbar. However, while they were able to get back on their bikes and finish, Dunbar was unfortunately forced out.

Dr Richard Usher of Team Sky said the full extent of Dunbar’s injuries was still being assessed under X-ray but he was able to offer an update.

“Eddie went down with all the others in a large crash,” Dr Usher said. “He reckoned there could have been up to 80 rider in there and four of our riders went down

“Eddie had a bang on the head, but he’s just got a very painful left shoulder and it looks like it may be dislocated.

“He’s gone off to hospital for some X-rays and we’ll take it from there. Fortunately the others were all able to finish and just had cuts and bruises.”

Ryan Mullen is the only other Irishman in the race. The Trek-Segafredo rider was on the front of the bunch putting the pressure down when the crash happened.

He finished just off the back of the lead group, which numbered just 25 riders after the crash had decimated the peloton on the 199km stage from Portimão to Lagos.

Mullen came home in 34th place at 26 seconds; his work for the day done. His big chance will come on Friday in the 20.3km test for which he will be one of the favourites.