Iljo Keisse: 'The Giro d'Italia sprint stages have been a complete safety disaster'

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider says the danger in the closing kilometres is no laughing matter

Giro d'Italia 2021
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Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Iljo Keisse has said the two most recent sprint stages of the 2021Giro d'Italia have been "a complete disaster" in terms of safety.

Speaking in his Het Nieuwsblad column, the Belgian said the safety of the flat stages at this year's Italian Grand Tour have been no laughing matter, following a couple of incidents during the first week of racing.

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