Simon Yates Drops Out of Giro d’Italia After Failing To Manage Knee Issue

"Despite daily therapy and Simon's tenacity, that resulted in a second stage win, the knee pain grew worse and worse, eventually leading to the decision for his retirement from the race.”
Simon Yates Drops From Giro

It seems that the pressure of the Giro d’Italia was too much for Simon Yates as he has dropped out of the Italian Grand Tour. This decision to end his Giro process also comes in after the BikeExchange-Jayco rider was unable to properly take care of his ongoing knee issue.

Simon Yates was doing remarkably well but he also faced a lot of hurdles and injuries, one of the main and prominent ones is his crash while ascending Mount Etna in stage 4, he did not recover from that fully. He was rammed in from behind by another rider, and this resulted in Yates covering his knee. Even after all of this, Simon won stage 14 in a beautiful manner that shocked the viewers.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sustaining an injury like this is bound to attract a lot of speculation, it was rumored that this knee problem would be too much for the BikeExchange-Jayco rider. People even thought that Yates might give up on the second rest day that never happened, Yates fought on with titanic strength and courage. We saw how he won the stage two-time trial in Budapest, he has remarkable strength.

Last year’s Giro was a bit different than this year’s Yates finished third and got a shiny spot on the podium. With this year’s performance Yates seems disappointed, he aimed to win at least the general classification but that won’t be happening now. Team BikeExchange Jayco’s doctor Dr. Matteo Beltemacchi expressed his views about Simon Yates:

Yates’ fall on Mount Etna and subsequent knee problem (likely edema of the bony spongiosa of the patella) weighed down on the rider for all following stages of the Giro d’Italia.

Despite daily therapy and Simon’s tenacity, which resulted in a second stage win, the knee pain grew worse and worse, eventually leading to the decision for his retirement from the race.

Even though Simon has dropped out of the Giro, he is still expected to ride the Tour de France, this gap between the two events will act as a recovery and training period for him. Speculations were on the rise that since not being able to go for the GC, Simon might pack his bags and go home but that won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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