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Stage winner Campenaerts pulls out of Giro d’Italia

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Team Qhubeka Assos’ Victor Campenaerts, the winner of Sunday’s 15th stage, has pulled out of the Giro d’Italia with a knee problem.

Belgian rider Victor Campenaerts of Team Qhubeka Assos celebrates on the podium after winning the 15th stage of the 2021 Giro d’Italia cycling race over 147km from Grado to Gorizia, Italy, 23 May 2021. Picture: EPA, Luca Zennaro

CANAZEI — Belgian rider Victor Campenaerts has pulled out of the Giro d’Italia with a knee problem before Wednesday’s 17th stage, two days after claiming his first win.

The Team Qhubeka Assos rider won Sunday’s 15th stage, but a right knee tendon problem was exacerbated by the cold and wet conditions on the following stage to the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites.

“The pain first surfaced in the cold conditions on Monday and unfortunately hasn’t responded well to treatment,” explained the 29-year-old who did not start the 17th stage following Tuesday’s rest day.

Campenaerts’ withdrawal leaves the South African team down to five riders with the race to finish in Milan on Sunday after the withdrawals of Italians Domenico Pozzovivo and Giacomo Nizzolo.

AFP