'I'm feeling a bit down but I hope I'll come around': James Knox battling through injury at Giro d'Italia on Grand Tour debut

Knox has suffered multiple crashes in the opening week of the Giro, but hopes to recover and push on in the harder climbing stages to come

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The 2019 Giro d'Italia has underlined what a hard sport cycling can be at times for James Knox, who is racing to support Deceuninck-Quick-Step team-mate Bob Jungels in the overall battle.

The 23-year-old Briton is racing his first Grand Tour, which became harder after a crash in stage four.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.