Video: Eritrea – Merhawi Kudus Crashes! – Vuelta 2017 Stage 7




Video: Eritrea – Merhawi Kudus Crashes! – Vuelta 2017 Stage 7




“Merhawi got a very big cut in his knee, and the race doctor told him he should stop and get in an ambulance because it was very deep,” Bingen Fernández, Dimension Data sports director, told Cyclingnews as he stood outside the team bus after the stage. “He’s got another cut above his eye, more cuts in his face, and cuts and bruises everywhere else because the crash was at 50 or 60 km/h.”



The crash was at the mid-way point of the race, kilometre 105 of the 207 in total on the stage. “It was just after the feed zone, coming out of the village, but it’s not clear what exactly happened,” Fernández said.


Matej Mohric (UAE Emirates) won the 7th stage of the Vuelta a Espana after attacking his breakaway companions in the final kilometers. Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished 2nd and JJ Rojas (Movistar) placed 3rd. Chris Froome (Team Sky) remained the overall race leader.


Misfortune has followed Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka around all week at the Vuelta a Espana and today it claimed Merhawi Kudus. Unfortunately, Kudus crashed 100km into today’s 200km stage, our Eritrean climber tried to get up and continue but was unable to. Kudus was sent to hospital for further examination. This puts our African Team down to just 5 riders, after Nic Dougall (stage 6), Youcef Reguigui (stage 5) and Ben King (stage 3) fell ill.



Today’s stage was relatively calm otherwise. 14 riders made the early break of the day and with no serious threats to the GC in the move, Team Sky allowed them to gain an advantage that would see the escapees decide the stage. Mohric was the best in the break today and took a good win. Igor Anton finished with the main GC contenders to keep a top 20 placing on the overall GC.



Serge Pauwels, Lachlan Morton, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Omar Fraile all got through the stage safely. Despite the rough start to the 3rd grand tour of the season, our African Team will fight on with a stage win still being our main goal over the coming days.






Eritrea - Merhawi Kudus Crashes Out! - Vuelta 2017 Stage 7