Lastras says goodbye to his dream
11 May 2012

Giro de Italia (st. 6)

A crash while making part of the day's break forces him to abandon the Giro - collarbone and four ribs broken, aspirations to repeat as Giro stage winner eleven years later also ruined

It was a nightmare day for Movistar Team on stage six in the Giro d’Italia as their road captain, Pablo Lastras, crashed out of the race and saw his hopes to take a stage triumph in the Corsa Rosa eleven years after his first win ruined in the process. The Spaniard fell in the first kilometer into the downhill of the Passo della Cappella, halfway through the 210-kilometer stage from Urbino to Porto Sant’Elpidio, in which Colombian Miguel Ángel Rubiano (AND), with Adriano Malori (LAM) as the new maglia rosa, the two able to keep the bunch behind into a break also made in the beginning of the stage by the Movistar Team rider.

A sharp right corner with some gravel on the road caused Lastras’s accident –Jack Bauer (GRM), riding just before him, went straight but saved himself from falling-, the Madrilian sitting for several minutes on the ground as he received the primary medical attentions before being moved by ambulance to the Ospedale Generale Provinciale in Macerata, where the first checks confirmed a broken right collarbone in his exterior third, plus four ribs -5 to 9-. “He will be kept under observation tonight and will have a new CAT scan practised tomorrow,” explained Movistar Team’s doctor Alfredo Zúñiga from the Italian medical center. “Should this bring no negative results, he would be discharged tomorrow and we would think of his return to Spain to start with his recovery. The collarbone fracture won’t require any operations in principle, but that’s something specialists will evaluate in the coming days. He’s calm and in good spirits, but still in much pain.” This way, Movistar Team will conpete with only eight riders in the first mountain-top finish in this Giro on Saturday, 205 kilometers from Recanati with the finish in Rocca di Cambio (Cat. 2) after 20k of constant, soft uphill.