Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) has expressed his issues concerning what he felt was a scarcity of security on stage 5 on the Tour de Suisse, which noticed Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious) and Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers) rushed to hospital following a crash on the ultimate descent into La Punt.
The world champion criticised race organisers for the positioning of what he known as a harmful descent too near the end line.
“One factor I do not assume anybody was proud of at present is the end,” Evenepoel mentioned in a post-race interview with Biking Professional Internet.
“The course now ends with a harmful descent, and we’ve seen some crashes there as effectively. It will have been higher to complete on high.”
The Albulapass marked the ultimate ascent of the 211km queen stage that began in Fiesch. The climb was 17.4km at 6.8%, adopted by a brief drop into La Punt.
There have been two crashes on the descent that concerned each Sheffield and Mäder, who have been each handled on website earlier than being transported to hospital.
Mäder was airlifted to hospital, with Bahrain Victorious later confirming that the Swiss rider was concerned in a “unhealthy crash”. Nevertheless, the staff haven’t launched a medical replace concerning his accidents presently.
Cyclingnews understands that Sheffield has sustained a concussion and will likely be stored in hospital in a single day.
Evenepoel mentioned that he witnessed the Sheffield crash and that he questioned the position of the descent 10km out from the end in La Punt.
“It wasn’t a sensible thought to position the end of such a stage after a descent. However you clearly nonetheless want extra spectacle. One thing simply has to occur so that you can react.”
Raphael Meyer, CEO of Tudor Professional Biking, mentioned in a post-race interview with that some riders handed the scene of the incident and have been shocked. “We’re on our option to the resort; there’s absolute silence within the staff bus,” he informed Blick information outlet.
Juan Ayuso (UAE Group Emirates) gained the stage, with Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo) taking second place and transferring into the general lead. Like Evenepoel, Skjelmose noticed Sheffield’s crash and felt that the descent was too near the end.
“Possibly this descent on the finish wasn’t the most effective thought. Each descent is unsafe for those who’re going too quick. I am unhappy,” he mentioned. “He went off the street, after which he might not management his bike. It might have been loads worse.”