The Giro d’Italia with the most dropouts in almost 30 years

In the absence of the battles that the high mountains should bring us, starting with the stage with finish in Crans Montana next Friday, this Giro d’Italia is marked by extra-sports events. The COVID-19, that we thought completely forgotten, is the protagonist. And it is that with the withdrawals that have been confirmed this Wednesday, she is Pink Corsa has become the edition with the most dropouts in the entire 21st century at this point in his career (eleventh stage).

The figure amounts to 34 retired riders -and it seems that it will go further- after the Quick-Step confirmed the positives for coronaviruses of Mattia Cattaneo, Josef Cerný, Jan Hirt and Louis Vervaeke, for which reason they did not start the 11th stage. The Belgian squad, in the box, where only three cyclists remain in competition: Davide Ballerini, Pieter Serry and Ilan van Wilder. Remco Evenepoel, already at home, reconfiguring a calendar that will be announced in the coming weeks and that, as planned since last winter, it does not mean going to the Tour de France (this was confirmed yesterday before the media by Patrick Lefevere, who was seen at the Viareggio finish line). The plague of casualties of this ‘black Wednesday’ completed them Gandin and sell me (both due to COVID), Tesfatsion and Caicedo.

Dropouts from grand tours in recent years.  Graphic made by Sergio Yustos.
Dropouts from grand tours in recent years. Graphic made by Sergio Yustos.Sergio Yustos

So, we have to go back to the Giro of 1995 to find an edition with more dropouts what is it Back then, until the eleventh stage, there were 36 cyclists who ended their participation in the Italian round. In recent times, the record has it La Vuelta 2005, which up to stage 11 had a whopping 39 dropouts, although if we take into account that participation was higher then (198 participants compared to 176 now), the percentage of casualties is higher in this Giro.

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The ‘part of war’ is as follows: 16 dropouts due to covid, 12 due to illness, 3 due to falls, 1 due to injury, 1 due to their own decision (Stefan Küng) and another by physical form. All this, let us remember, without counting the casualties that the race had before it started, especially in a Jumbo-Visma that was seriously affected: three cases of COVID and the run over suffered by Tratnik. Ciccone and Mäder were also forced to resign early due to the damned virus. Hopefully the list will stop growing.

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