With La Route d’Occitanie kicking off tomorrow one Caja Rural-RGA rider won’t be at the start line after an unfortunate injury meant he can only see out of one eye.
Danilo Celano was all set to join his teammates at Cap-Découverte on the first stage of the race formerly known as the Route du Sud until a run in with an insect saw his left eye swell to the size of a golf ball.
The unlucky injury has closed the Italian rider’s left eye making him a hazard to himself and other riders should he race so his team have decided to leave the rider at home.
Celano’s team posted the photo to Twitter saying “Danilo Celano will not be able to finally be with his companions in the La Route d’Occitanie because of a small problem with an insect that prevents him from riding a bike. Speedy recovery!”
In the 28-year-old’s place will be Spaniard Antonio Molina Canet who has stepped up to the plate less than 24 hours before the race kicks off.
— Sander Armée (@SanderArmee) May 3, 2018
The Italian rider isn’t the only person who has suffered at the hands of a nasty reaction with Lotto Soudal’s Sander Armeé suffering from swelling at this year’s Giro d’Italia.
Armeé had to forego cortisone treatment with Lotto Soudal being part of the anti-doping MPCC meaning that he would have to excuse himself from the race.
Thankfully the Belgian rider could still see and managed to finish the three week Grand Tour finishing a stellar 57th, considering the circumstances.