Thor Hushovd (BMC)
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Norwegian one of several riders to abandon stage 6
Hushovd stopped about 90 kilometres into the 210 km stage that featured an 11-man breakaway from which solo stage winner Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) and new race leader Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) emerged. Marco Pinotti, best-placed for the BMC Racing Team in the general classification, climbed to 14th overall after finishing with a reduced peloton, 1:51 behind Rubiano. Hushovd had finished sixth on Stage 3 but lost more than nine minutes on Thursday’s Stage 5. Initially, the former world road champion thought the heat was to blame.
“Normally the first day in the heat, I suffer sometimes,” Hushovd said. “But today, straightaway I felt empty. I felt my body and my legs didn’t work. It’s not normal so I didn’t see any reason to push through. And I couldn’t because I had nothing to give.”
Hushovd, who was making his first Giro appearance since 2007, said he has ridden a rollercoaster of emotion this season.
“I was in good shape at Het Nieuwsblad and I thought from there on I would be good, because I knew I had worked hard during the winter,” he said. “But then I got sick the first day in Paris-Nice, got good for the last two days, then got sick the day after. I came back to Paris-Roubaix and was quite good, but crashed out. So there’s been a lot of disappointments.”
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the BMC Racing Team will miss Hushovd, but remains on target for its objectives.
“I was convinced that he [Hushovd] could be better in the coming days, so we need to find out what’s wrong,” Baldato said. “Pinotti is very strong and today I saw the guys were always all together – even Danilo Wyss – who isn’t necessarily suited for this kind of stage. So I am pleased that the team is riding strong.”
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