Australian sprint star Caleb Ewan suffered a dramatic and painful crash in the closing meters of the first stage of the Giro d’Italia in Hungary as he battled for victory.
Ewan had nearly emptied his energy tank as he attempted to make his final attack over the final 100 meters on the demanding final ascent to the finish in Visegrad, Hungary on Friday.
But threatening third place as he tried to take the win and the leader’s pink jersey, he hit the rear wheel of Eritrean Biniam Girmay’s bike right in front of him, sending him hurtling.
Further on, Dutch stage favorite Mathieu van der Poel edged out Eritrean Girmay for victory, while Lotto-Soudal’s Ewan, his top torn around his shoulder, got up in a daze, remounted and made a grimace as he struggled to cross the line.
It was more somber news for the Sydneysider, who broke his collarbone in a crash on stage three of the Tour de France in 2021. Friday’s crash, at least, didn’t seem so dire.