Astana ProTeam 2014

ST5 : Vuelta al Pais Vasco :: Eibar-Xemein – 160km

“Coming back from the sign-in at about 5k per hour I was knocked off my bike when a spectator crossed the road without looking – he walked off without stopping, without even asking if I was okay – “

“I fell on my left elbow and knew immediately that something was wrong – there were cobblestones on that road and I caught an angle with my left arm – if there hadn’t been any pave, I probably could have stayed in the race -“

Alessandro Vanotti before stage five at Vuelta al Pais Vasco -

Vanotti withdrew from the race before the start and went immediately to a local hospital for x-rays and treatment – he will fly home tomorrow to Italy for more consultation as the early results were inconclusive -

Teammate Mikel Landa finished the final group stage in the week-long race with the leaders, all together with no changes to the overall classification ahead of Saturday’s 26km individual time trial -