Barbero crashes on Austria’s penultimate stage, breaks collarbone

11 July 2019
Barbero crashes on Austria’s penultimate stage, breaks collarbone

Tour of Austria (st. 5)

Spaniard down just before Kitzbühel’s sprint, sustains clavicle injury which will require surgery. Fernández into late move; Anacona, Sepúlveda remain 3rd, 4th overall.

A tough incident again stops Carlos Barbero’s progression in arguably his best moment of the 2019 season. The Spanish sprinter from Movistar Team, winner of last Sunday’s stage one in the 2019 Tour of Austria, crashed on Thursday with 2km to go on stage five to Kitzbühel.

At a turn right just out of a tunnel, and while riding within the first ten riders of the peloton, the Burgos native went down together with Giovanni Visconti and Sebastian Schönberger (NSK), sustaining a significant blow to his shoulder, which kept him from crossing the line -he was still classified by the race jury- and required medical checkups. The examinations confirmed a collarbone fracture, which will require surgery.

Rubén Fernández on the attack near the end of the stage. (c) AlpenTour.TV

The Movistar Team was prominent at the front in the finale with a break from Rubén Fernández, alongside Zimmermann (TIR) and Visconti, which was caught inside the last 15km. Winner Anacona and Eduardo Sepúlveda remain 3rd and 4th overall before Friday‘s brutal showdown atop the Kitzbüheler Horn, a climb with 7km at over 12% average gradient.

Male Team 06 - 12 Jul

Tour of Austria

(6th Stage) Bruck a.d. Glocknerstrasse - Kitzbühel (161.9 km)
  1. 01 Jannik Steimle Team Vorarlberg 4h04'09"
  2. 02 Jonas Koch CCC Team "
  3. 03 Patrick Gamper Tirol KTM "
  4. 13 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team "
  5. 19 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team "
  6. 33 Winner Anacona Movistar Team "
  7. 43 Rafa Valls Movistar Team "
  8. 62 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +1'09"
  9. 85 Jaime Castrillo Movistar Team +7'12"
  10. 107 Carlos Barbero Movistar Team +0'00"