Giro d’Italia leader Steven Kruijswijk crashes into snow drift on descent (video)

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.

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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.