Sergio Higuita loses three teammates at fifth stage of Paris-Nice
Mar 13 2020 04:36 am CET

Sergio Higuita loses three teammates at fifth stage of Paris-Nice
Sergio Higuita loses three teammates at fifth stage of Paris-Nice
Photo of Sergio Higuita (c)EF Education First Pro Cycling Team

Ef Pro Cycling's Sergio Higuita has been left without three teammates in one day in Paris-Nice as Michael Woods, Lawson Craddock and Tejay Van Garderen abandoned the race on the fifth stage.

Woods crashed out of the fifth stage at the French competition and sustained a broken femur. The Canadian was taken to a hospital in Lyon, France, where further evaluations confirmed the fracture, and he will undergo surgery later on the day before returning to his home in Girona, Spain.

"We feel for Mike and his friends and family," said the team's head of Medicine, Kevin Sprouse. "We'll work with Mike every inch of the way as he recovers from this injury."

Craddock was suffering from a headache during the fourth day of the French ace and following ASO protocols related to the Covid-19 virus, he had to be taken to the finish in an ambulance. ASO medical officials determined that the American didn't meet the criteria to be tested for the coronavirus and he will return to his European home in Girona, Spain, on Friday.

Van Garderen abandoned the race following the measures taken by the American government of stopping all passengers traffic from Europe to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. The American rider decided to be with his family at this moment: "given the current circumstances I couldn’t risk being separated from them with no options of seeing them," he explained. "So I am returning to the US."

Higuita sits currently in the fifth position of the General Classification, one minute and six seconds behind the overall leader Max Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe). The Colombian still has the support of Alberto Bettiol, Tanel Kangert, Tom Scully and Sep Vanmarcke for the last three stages of the race.




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