Israel Start-Up Nation rider breaks collarbone riding back to hotel after Giro d'Italia time trial

Krists Neilands is the first abandon of the 2021 Italian Grand Tour

Krists Neilands at the 2021 Giro d'Italia
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Israel Start-Up Nation's Krists Neilands has become the first rider to abandon the 2021 Giro d'Italia after crashing on the way back to his hotel after stage one.

After completing the opening 8.6km time trial, where the Latvian finished 105th, 55 seconds down on Filippo Ganna's winning time, Neilands rode back to his hotel from the course in central Turin.

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