Mark Cavendish wasn’t the only rider to suffer for Dimension Data at Tirreno-Adriatico after teammate Bernhard Eisel was forced to bow out of the Italian race after a collision with a team car on stage five of the race.
The 37-year-old crashed after coming into contact with another team’s support car saying that he was “super happy to have got out of it alive.”
“It was a massive crash – it seems like my nose is broken – and I have quite a lot of pain in my right wrist. I’m actually happy that I got out of it like this, it doesn’t look great at the moment and my face has seen better days but to be honest I’m super happy to have got out alive.”
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“I also want to clarify that I touched a team car, from another team. It was absolutely not the driver’s fault, it was my fault, so there’s no speculation.
“I pretty much rode into him and went down from there. He couldn’t do anything but after the crash he supported me as much as he could.”
“I’m not great at the moment; I’ve got a few stitches in my nose, lips and my face,” the Austrian rider said.
Despite the “massive crash” that saw him suffer injuries to his wrist and face, Eisel was in good spirits thanking the ambulance crew and everyone else who helped him before signing off proclaiming “I go get some #gelato now”.