Giro dItalia star flies over handle bars and into bushes in horror crash

A Giro d'Italia cyclist left viewers’ hearts in their months as he suffered a shocking crash. Natnael Tesfatsion was attempting to navigate his way through stage nine and was leading from the breakaway when he got it all wrong while descending the Passo Lanciano.

But rather than making his way safely around the bend, the 22-year-old made an error in judgement which proved to be devastating. He flew off the road and flipped over his handlebars before landing in the hillside shrubbery.

“A very, very scary moment. He picked the wrong line,” said Rob Hatch on Eurosport commentary. “Thankfully he’s back on his feet, the doctors are with him, but it was a heart in mouth moment for the rider from Eritrea.”

His colleague Robbie McEwen added: “Completely missing the entry to that corner, he was never on line to be able to take the corner. Straight through and over the handlebars for Tesfatsion. You would normally come in on the extreme right edge of the road, he’s missed the entry so never a chance of the apex.

“He goes to the exit, couldn’t get it slowed down enough and then as soon as he hit the bushes the front wheel grabbed, straight over the handlebars. He’s trying to get the brakes on, even the back wheel comes off the ground.”

The Eritrean was checked over by medics who helped him get to his feet and thankfully he was able to resume cycling. The Drone Hopper–Androni Giocattoli rider later took to his Instagram account to explain to his followers he was fine, as he wrote: “I’m ok thanks God.”

Tesfatsion has represented the Italian team since 2021 and has already secured a title this year, winning the Tour du Rwanda in February. Australian Jai Hindley of Bora-Hansgrohe came through a packed group of riders to win stage nine after the Eritrean’s dramatic fall.

Tesfatsion’s compatriot Biniam Girmay, who became the first African winner of the Belgian classic Gent-Wevelgem in March, took stage ten of the prestigious race. The win meant the 22-year-old became the first black African rider to win a stage in a Grand Tour.

“All the team was working all day, including the GC riders, and they did a great job,” Girmay said in the post-race interview. “We knew when we started, we knew we had possibilities to win a stage. I am thankful and happy that I was able to pay back the team for a win.”

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