Matej Mohoric was taken to hospital after being flung over his handlebars in a scary crash on Stage 9 at the Giro d’Italia.
The Bahrain Victorious rider lost control on a corner while descending, causing his bike to eject him before snapping in two.
The 26-year-old returned to his feet as his team prepared a replacement bike, but it soon became clear he could not continue. He was later pictured on a stretcher before leaving the race in an ambulance.
Carapaz? Bardet? Hindley? The contenders for ‘wide open’ Giro assessed
- Why Bernal and Evenepoel are 'vulnerable' in huge Giro stage - Wiggins
- Opinion: Landa, Sivakov pay price for 'crazy circus' of a route
“He just overcooked it,” said Adam Blythe on Eurosport commentary.
“By the looks of it, he just loses his back wheel and high sides a little bit. He hit a rock on the inside and I think the forks have disconnected from the bike.
“Awful crash, high sider. You can see the forks cleanly snapped in half.”
Mohoric’s teammate Mikel Landa was forced to abandon the race after being wiped out in a crash on Stage 5.
Landa, who was in the hunt for GC, fractured his left collarbone and multiple ribs. He has since been discharged from hospital and will undergo surgery.
"Matej Mohoric crashed on a descent on stage nine. He has been taken to hospital by ambulance for radiological diagnostics," Bahrain Victorious said in a statement.
"He is being kept under observation according to UCI concussion protocol."
'Trying to dry your shoes is draining' - Wiggins on brutal Giro evenings
- - -
You can watch the Giro d'Italia live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and Eurosport.co.uk. Download the Eurosport app for iOS and Android now. You can also watch the most comprehensive live & ad-free racing on GCN+. Go deeper and get interactive with live polls & quizzes, plus rider profiles, race updates, results & more – plus stream exclusive cycling documentaries. Watch it all with GCN+ on any device.
Hindley upsets heavyweights on Blockhaus, Yates crumbles, Lopez fights to keep pink
Maglia rosa guide – Who will win the Giro d’Italia’s fight for pink?
Share this article