Level 13 of the Giro d’Italia could have sparked extra polemics than racing however it used to be a merciless and painful day for Jack Haig, with the Australian in ache after crashing on Thursday and his accidents leaving him not able to carry the tempo of the full contenders at the climb to Crans-Montana.
The likeable Australian survived the risks of the Croix de Coeur descent however suffered at the 13.1km climb as much as the Crans-Montana end. He completed 5:15 down on degree winner Einer Rubio (Movistar) and slipped to fifteenth general, 6:38 down on Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).
Whilst the combat for the rostrum and most sensible six stays shut and inside two mins, Haig conceded he’s out of competition. All over again, similar to within the 2021 and 2022 Excursion de France, crashes have value him dearly. His 3rd position within the 2021 Vuelta a Espana indicated his true abilities however crashes have harm him bodily and mentally.
“It is unhappy. It is took place two instances on the Excursion and I believe I am somewhat cursed in Grand Excursions in this day and age with dangerous good fortune,” Haig mentioned, preventing past the end line to talk regardless of his sadness.
“Not one of the causes that brought about me to lose time were my fault, so it is laborious to just accept when it is like that.”
Haig crashed simply after the feed zone on Thursday, happening laborious with round 70km to race. He were given as much as end within the peloton however paid for his accidents throughout the shortened and so extra intense degree to Crans-Montana.
“I hit the bottom lovely laborious and so did not know what to anticipate nowadays. I simply sought after to begin racing and spot, however I did not have it,” he mentioned.
“I did not need to admit it to myself once I aroused from sleep however the crash left me moderately sore.”
Regardless of chucking up the sponge of general competition, Haig attempted to search out some hope and optimism. He will have the liberty to head at the assault and goal a degree victory, whilst Bahrain Victorious teammate Damiano Caruso is 5th general at simply 1:28.
“I am nonetheless right here and there may be masses extra of the Giro to head. I am positive I will take advantage of it,” Haig mentioned, making an attempt to select himself up and to find the sunshine on the finish of his tunnel of Grand Excursion ache.
“I am bruised and unhappy however we move on. Now I’m going to attempt to recuperate and take a look at to assist Damiano within the GC. I simply hope there is a bit of light to return.”