SAN LUIS, Argentina (VN) — Movistar’s Adriano Malori is under observation but in stable condition after suffering head trauma in a serious crash during stage 5 of Argentina’s Tour de San Luis.
With around 30km remaining in the stage, Malori was driving the pace at the head of the peloton when he rode over a crack in the asphalt. The crack sent him head over handlebars, which caused a massive pileup in the peloton. According to Movistar, the crash took down the entire team, including Tour de France hopeful Nairo Quintana and teammates Marc Soler and Dani Moreno. All three suffered bumps and bruises, but finished the stage.
Malori was not so lucky, and suffered multiple wounds in the pileup. According to a medical bulletin, he fractured his right collarbone and also suffered unspecified head trauma. The injuries required sedation, according to Movistar.
He was taken to a nearby hospital for examination, and was placed under sedation Friday evening. As of Saturday morning, Malori had been taken out of sedation. According to Movistar, he will remain in the hospital in San Luis. His girlfriend and a member of the Movistar team staff will also stay with him.
“Adriano had a comfortable night. His condition is stable and there are signs of improvement. This afternoon he will undergo further examination,” Movistar said via a statement on Twitter.
The crash caused multiple injuries within the peloton. Stage 1 winner Fernando Gaviria and youth classification leader Rodrigo Contreras (both of Etixx – Quick-Step) both abandoned the race. Gaviria broke the radius bone in his left arm and Contreras suffered a wound to his right knee that required 15 stitches. Overall leader Eduardo Sepulveda also came down in the crash, bruising his left leg, but he is set to ride in Saturday’s stage.
Friday’s crash was just one of several that have befallen the Tour de San Luis peloton this week.
“It’s the first race of the year for a lot of guys, people aren’t used to riding in packs,” Cannondale’s Phil Gaimon told VeloNews. Gaimon himself was the victim of a bad crash earlier in the week.
“Every ten minutes we’re on a straight road going nowhere at the same speed, and then everyone’s slamming their brakes and someone’s going off in the ditch,” Gaimon said. ” It’s a whole week of that.”
Gaimon said the road conditions are fine, however the hot temperatures could be to blame. Throughout the week, temperatures have hovered around 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
“I don’t know, it’s just bike racing for the most part,” he said.