Steven Kruijswijk has a heart-in-mouth moment on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnello, crashing hard into a snow drift at the side of the road

Steven Kruijswijk had a few moments of panic midway through the stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, crashing spectacularly on the descent of the Colle Dell’Agnello.

The Dutchman misjudged a corner and crashed hard into a bank of snow at the side of the road, flipping off his bike and landing on his back.

When he got up he realised his bike wasn’t working and tried to fix it himself before a neutral service mechanic arrived.

The gearing was still broken when he got back on after a 30-second delay, leaving Kruijswijk spinning in a low gear.

Further down the mountain, Katusha leader Ilnur Zakarin was involved in a nasty crash, leaving him requiring medical attention off the side of the road.

On the climb of the Agnello, Orica-GreenEdge put the peloton to the sword, setting an incredibly high pace which left Kruijswijk without any teammates.

Michele Scarponi (Astana) scaled the mountain to claim the Cima Coppi.

  • BuffyzDead

    THAT is Racing !! …100% his own doing. No fan interference, no motorbike or car or third party intrusion. Not a mechanical failure. Nothing…..100% Racing ….the leaders had no obligation to wait for him, like they should have, had it been for one of the reasons I mentioned above. …We all know there will be those (newspapers!?) that claim there was no racing etiquette. Does not apply here for the reasons I mention. ….Go Chaves !!!