• Rigoberto Uran suffered damage to the left side of his body after a crash in the closing kilometres of Stage 11 (Etixx-Quick-Step)
Etixx-Quick-Step's Rigoberto Uran recovered quickly from a heavy crash in Stage 11 to maintain 6th place in the Giro d'Italia general classification.
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Cycling Central

21 May 2015 - 8:40 AM  UPDATED 21 May 2015 - 8:41 AM

Debut Grand Tour stage victory for Zakarin
Ilnur Zakarin claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory with a solo win on Stage 11.

The 28-year-old Colombian suffered a crash in the final kilometers of 153km stage from Forlì to Imola. However, he was able to get up immediately and catch back to the maglia rosa group to lose no time in the arrival.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) won the stage solo out of an original 10-rider breakaway that was down to seven at about 40km to go in the stage. Carlos Betancur (AG2R - La Mondiale) was 2nd, and Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) was 3rd out of the chase group behind Zakarin. Uran finished 29th in the stage.

Uran's crash involved the entire left side of his body making contact with the ground. As a result of the crash he has pain and abrasions of his shoulder, muscle soreness included. He also has abrasions on his elbow, hip, and upper back.

"I was riding behind another guy in the peloton," Uran said. "He slowed a bit while changing gears and I touched his wheel. I was immediately on the ground.

"Fortunately the team car with a new bike wasn't far. So I got on the new bike and my first thought was to chase and come back immediately. I managed to do it. Fortunately I stayed in the peloton until the finish.

"It is a bit of a pity because after the rest day Monday and flat stage on Tuesday I was recovered a bit from the efforts of the first week while suffering bronchitis. A crash is not the ideal situation for the moment, and of course tomorrow I may feel a bit differently than today as sometimes, as consequences of these crashes, you don't fully feel the effects until the next day or later.

"But we have to deal with the situation as it is. The Giro continues for me tomorrow."

Uran finished second overall in the Giro d'Italia in 2013 and 2014. He maintains 6th in the general classification after Stage 11, 2min 10sec behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who holds the maglia rosa heading into Stage 12.

 

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