Tour de San Luis 5: VERY crashy

Embedded image permalinkToo much. A huge crash completely marred the race. Results are now a survivors' list.
Many riders got injuried and abandoned, among them Adriano Malori who is now in an induced coma. Fingers crossed for him!

"Things were looking good for Etixx – Quick-Step on Friday, January 22nd, when the team worked hard in order to reduce the advantage of the escape in stage 5 of Tour de San Luis and set up Fernando Gaviria for the bunch sprint, but everything changed in the blink of an eye, as a result of a crash which took place in the first half of peloton, with 25 kilometers to go. Of the six Etixx – Quick-Step riders in the race, four went to the ground and were in need of medical examination at the finish: Rodrigo Contreras, Fernando Gaviria, Maximiliano Richeze and Stijn Vandenbergh. 
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The X-rays revealed that Fernando Gaviria has a fracture of the radius bone in his left arm, because of which he will not start stage 6. Also fellow countryman Rodrigo Contreras, third in the overall ranking and U23 leader, has suffered a wound in his right knee, which required 15 stitches, an injury that eventually led to his withdrawal from the race. 
Finally, Maximiliano Richeze – the first leader of the 10th Tour de San Luis – and Stijn Vandenbergh will line-up for the start of stage 6, despite suffering minor contusions. 
An update on the condition and recovery of Rodrigo Contreras and Fernando Gaviria will be released in the next days."

Maciej Bodnar:
"Today, throughout the day, there was some nervous tension in the group and with favorable winds the speed was always very high. I didn't understand how the crash happened, since we were at the front as the road was quite narrow, and at some point we realized there was a sort of gap behind us. As we didn't know what had taken place, we slowed down for a moment to wait for the others. We saw some Movistar riders on the ground but we didn't see the fall. At that moment we were all riding very fast, probably at 60km/h"

Team Movistar:
"A mass pile-up in the final 30 kilometers of stage five in the Tour de San Luis, finishing at Juana Koslay, ruined what had, until then, been a calm day for the Movistar Team.
The riders directed by José Luis Jaimerena crashed almost as a unit, due to a pothole in the road. The incident affected Nairo Quintana, who was quickly back on his bike and in the main peloton. Dani Moreno and Marc Soler also fell, while Adriano Malori was forced to abandon and was transferred to the nearby Hospital San Luis. Dayer Quintana and Fran Ventoso were not involved in the crash.
In agreement with the Movistar Team's medical staff, The hospital has published the following bulletin on the status of Adriano Malori: 
"Adriano Malori, 27, was admitted at 18:10 hrs with multiple injuries, including head trauma,  as a result of a bicycle crash. 
He is currently in the intensive care unit, where he will remain under observation intitally for 48 hours."
We can add that Adriano also sustained a fracture to his right collarbone. We expect to release another bulletin in the course of tomorrow, (Saturday 23 January 2016).
Three other crashes with less serious consequences
As Germán Tivani (ARG) took the day's honours after joining a four-man breakaway. Nairo Quintana, Dani Moreno and Marc Soler and were able to reach the finish line. Nairo Quintana grazed his right elbow and sustained a little briusing in the scramble ofter the crash. Moreno took a blow to the lower back, while Soler sustained cuts and briuses."
"Despite the incident, after the stage, Dayer and Nairo Quintana remain second and fourth overall behind race leader Eduardo Sepúlveda (FVC). The final showdown will be held on Saturday's stage six towards Filo Sierras Comechingones (16.6km, 7% avg.), 2,140m above sea level, at the end of a 160km stage starting at La Toma.
After coming back to their hotel from the Hospital San Luis, where Adriano Malori was admitted on Friday evening, the Movistar Team's medical staff summed up their impressions in the following release: "Adriano had a comfortable night. His condition is stable and there are signs of improvement. This afternoon he will undergo further examination. The Hospital San Luis wil issue a bulletin later today."
"According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Movistar directeur sportif Jose Luis Jaimerena and team doctor visited Malori in hospital before the start of Saturday’s stage. “It seems he had a good night, without any real problems. When I said his name he reacted slightly, his eyes moved, he squeezed my hand and moved a little, despite still being sedated. We've got to wait to see what happens but these signs make us more optimistic than yesterday,” Jaimerena told Gazzetta dello Sport, revealing that the level of his induced coma had been reduced." Source http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/malori-showing-signs-of-improvement-after-tour-de-san-luis-crash/
Team Movistar Doctor Jesus Hoyos:
“It’s still early but I am content with the trend, it is positive. He is better than I expected so I’m happy. He continues to stay in the intensive treatment unit but is hemodynamically stable with significant clinical improvements. He is able to communicate and respond to simple commands.
Adriano Malori's condition continues to improve its response to stimuli is good is expected to start taking oral fluids today at noon. He is accompanied by a family friend and a member of his family will arrive tomorrow. Plans are now underway for his transfer to a specialised clinic in Buenos Aires, perhaps midweek. After more extensive examination there, it will be possible to begin preparations for his return to Italy."

1 German N. Tivani (Arg) Argentina 3:37:39  
2 Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko-Marseille-KTM  
3 Emiliano Ibarra (Arg) S.E.P. San Juan  
4 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy 0:01:34  
5 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Jamis
1 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo Vital Concept 15:39:29  
2 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:03  
3 Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Etixx - Quick-step 0:00:38  
4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:42  
5 Miguel A. Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:51  
6 Roman Villalobos (CRc) Costa Rica 0:01:06  
7 Janier Acevedo (Col) Team Jamis 0:01:09  
8 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida 0:01:22  
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:36  
10 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale 0:01:37  

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