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The tree had to break the Giro d’Italia with great pain – Milan finally on top


Torstein Træen had to break the Giro. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB

Of NTB | 07.05.2024 17:13:58

Sport: Since his previous victory in the Giro, Milan had five 2nd places before the triumph finally came in Tuesday’s sprint. The Italian won the stage ahead of Kaden Groves and Phil Bauhaus.

– After five 2nd places, it is easy to avoid him this victory, exclaimed Discovery commentator Theis Magelssen.

The tree hurt his knee badly and required several stitches as a result of Saturday’s rollover. Nevertheless, he made it to the finish line and also completed the stages on Sunday and Monday.

– Unfortunately, I have to say that I am breaking the Giro. The pain was too great, and it didn’t make sense to continue. I think it’s really hard to have to give up, but now I’m going home and recovering and focusing on the rest of the season, says Træen in a video that Bahrain-Victorious has published on X.

Thus, the bad luck continues in the three-week race for the climber-strong cyclist from Heradsbygda. Also during last year’s Tour de France, he overturned on the first stage and suffered a fracture that ruined the rest of the ride for him.

Then he rode for Norwegian Uno-X. Before this year’s season, Træen changed teams to Bahrain-Victorious.

This season too, Træen has been very unlucky. Already in the season opener during the Tour Down Under, he was involved in an ugly overturn.

This season he has also shown signs of emerging form on several occasions.

Træen was one of three Norwegian riders in this year’s Giro field. The other two are Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE) and Tobias Foss (Ineos).

Intermarché sprinter Biniam Girmay also went down twice on Tuesday’s stage and eventually had to retire. The Eritrean finished third on Monday’s stage and was one of the favorites to fight for victory on Tuesday.

On Tuesday he also started the fourth stage from Acqui Terme to Andora, but there was a stop along the way.

At the same time, the Norwegian cycling profile presented itself seriously in international cycling when he climbed to eighth place overall in a very strong field in the major race Criterium de Dauphiné ahead of last year’s Tour de France.

(© NTB)


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