Simon Geschke might have put in a big shift in support of team-mate Tom Dumoulin's lead on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia, but he can't have been feeling appreciated when the Team Sunweb bus left for the start without him.
Geschke, who will be a key domestique for Dumoulin over the coming days, was left stranded at the team hotel after the team left without him on their way to the start of stage 12 in Forlì, apparently not realising that there were seven riders on the team bus rather than eight.
After what must have been a nervous half an hour sat at the side of the road, Geschke was eventually picked up after someone twigged that there was one fewer beard on the bus than the previous day.
Geschke was then whisked off to the start of the race's 12th stage, making it to Forlì in enough time to start the race and continue to support the pink jersey on the 229km stage to Reggio Emilia.
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