Video: Sam Bennett on his team mate now out of Giro d’Italia

Posted on: May 17th, 2017

Video: Sam Bennett on his team mate now out of Giro d’Italia

Video: Sam Bennett on his team mate now out of Giro d’Italia

A tale of woe, but it is incredible how Matteo Pelucchi continued on at all. He’s now eliminated from the Giro d’Italia.

 

Ireland’s Sam Bennett came through yesterday’s TT stage of the Giro d’Italia unscathed. The Bora-hansgrohe rider contested the 39.8km race against the clock within himself.

He was more intent on simply finishing within the time limit and saving his energy for the sprints to come.

He eventually finished in 175th place some 9:43 down on stage winner and new race leader Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).

However, one man who tried to do the same as Bennett yesterday and failed was his team mate Matteo Pelucchi.

The big Italian lost over 16 minutes. He was last on the stage and was outside the time limit so is now out of the race.

He had the misfortunate of crashing on stage 5 to Mount Etna; hitting the deck hard on a cat 2 descent with 80km remaining as he tried to get back on.

While he limped to the finish, his jersey was shredded from his back and with it went a lot of skin.

He was last overall starting yesterday, meaning he was first down the ramp. But the battle he had put in in recent days, combined with his injuries, and he simply lost too much ground yesterday.

Sam Bennett has been writing about his team mate’s battle in his Giro d’Italia Diary in the Irish Independent today.

He said the first he knew of his team mate’s crash was when he got out of the shower on the bus at the end of stage 5 and saw his kit shredded to pieces.

“It looked like he’d been attacked by a pack of wolves,” Bennett writes.

“Missing a lot of skin from his back, arms and hips, he’s found it hard to sleep ever since.

“And to rub salt in his gaping wounds, a block of cellophane-wrapped sticker books feel from an overhead compartment on the bus and landed on his back as we went around a corner the other day.

“To have to leave his home tour having come here in really good form must be devastating for him.

“We’re going to miss him around the table here but hopefully he’ll be back in action pretty soon.”

 

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