URBINO, Italy (AFP) – Four riders dropped out of the 2012 Giro d’Italia on Friday’s stage 6 from Urbino to Porto Sant’Elpidio.
Former world champion Thor Hushovd (BMC), American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) and Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) abandoned, and Pablo Lastras (Movistar) crashed out of the race, injuring his collarbone.
Farrar crashed and was taken to a nearby hospital. He suffered multiple lacerations to his hand and numerous abrasions. According to team doctor Shannon Sovndal, he also suffered a laceration to a superficial artery in the back of his left hand. Preliminary x-rays show no fractures and exam didn’t reveal any tendon injury.
Hushovd and Feillu dismounted their bikes on one of the early climbs of today’s stage. Both sprinters suffered on yesterday’s small climb – dropping from the pack with Hushovd ultimately losing over 9 minutes to the main group, and Feillu over 12.
Lastras overcooked a corner on the Passo della Cappella decent and crashed. The first reports on Pablo Lastras reveal fracture of four ribs and right collarbone.
Friday’s stage between Urbino and Porto Sant’Elpidio featured the first real mountains of the three-week stage race.