Giovanni Visconti 'lucky to arrive at finish using his legs' after freak shoe accident on Giro d'Italia stage six

The Italian rider posted a photo recreating how his foot was nearly impaled during a descent on stage six

Gianni Visconti at the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Getty/Giovanni Visconti)

Giovanni Visconti says he was lucky to arrive at the Giro d'Italia finish line in Matera on his bike after narrowly avoiding having his foot impaled in a freak accident on stage six.

The Italian, who's riding for Vini Zabù - KTM at the Italian Grand Tour, posted a picture after the stage recreating what had happened out on the road, poking a hex key through the hole in his shoe, which had been torn by a piece of iron "with a diameter of 0.5cm and at least 20cm long".

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