Giro d’Italia: Caleb Ewan crashes in sprint finish

Australian hits the deck after a touch of wheels, and Lotto-Soudal officials confirm he will start Saturday's time trial.

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Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) was forced to hobble over the line with his jersey torn on stage 1 of the Giro d’Italia after the Australian crashed with the finish in sight.

Ewan was in contention for the win after surviving the 5.6km climb to the line. He came into the last 100m with Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) all vying for the first stage and the first maglia rosa of the race.

UPDATE: Lotto-Soudal officials confirmed that Ewan suffered cuts and scrapes, but will take Saturday’s start in the individual time trial in Budapest.

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Ewan was sitting in third wheel after fighting to the front for most of the last climb, but a touch of wheels with Girmay brought the Lotto-Soudal rider down.

Van der Poel won the stage and took the race lead with Girmay in second.

Ewan lay on the tarmac for a brief moment, in scenes similar to last year’s Tour de France crash and exit, but was soon back on his feet. He came over the line with his jersey badly torn with medical checks set to take place immediately.

The crash appeared a complete accident, with Ewan and his rivals enjoying plenty of space but the Lotto rider was out of the saddle and just appeared to clip the back of Girmay’s wheel as he tried to move left.

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