• Adam Yates has work to do to regain his position at the Giro d'Italia. (Getty)Source: Getty
Orica-Scott's sporting director Matt White has slammed Nairo Quintana's Movistar team for not waiting after several key general classification riders were caught up in a crash with a stationary police motorcycle.
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Cycling Central

15 May 2017 - 9:03 AM  UPDATED 15 May 2017 - 9:57 AM

White's charge and a key rider in the general classification battle, Adam Yates, saw his hopes of Giro d'Italia victory disappear after the crash on the ninth stage, which was won by Movistar's Nairo Quintana.

"Unfortunately we feel that Movistar also made a mistake today," White said. "Given the scenario of the race, still a long way from the finish and no break to chase, it was possible for them to wait just for a couple of minutes given there were so many GC contenders on the deck.

"The strongest guy won today but the damage behind was significant."

The peloton was travelling quickly and spread across the full width of the road and there was nowhere for Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) to go. He hit the stationary bike, wiping out many of the adjacent riders, including Yates, Thomas and Landa.

“We are extremely disappointed that something that shouldn’t have happened has had such an impact today,” White said.

“We don’t know the circumstances, whether the motorbike stalled or just made an error in judgment in stopping there but you never want to see that happen.

“Look, it was a bad day for us but we won’t give up. It’s put a dent in our podium aspirations but there is still a lot of climbing to come and we will keep fighting. All is not lost.”

For his part, Yates has vowed to fight on, saying he still hopes for a result.

"I'm bitterly disappointed with today's unfortunate situation, but the Giro isn't over for us yet. I came here in great condition after months of hard work and that form hasn't gone anywhere.

"We have two more hard weeks ahead of us and I'm more motivated than ever to get a result and climb back up the general classification."