Ewan won stages 5 and 7 of the race and thus led the points classification. He always planned to leave the Giro d’Italia before arriving in Milan on May 30 with the intention of winning stages in all three Grand Tours cycles this year. However, after a frantic start to Stage 8, the 26-year-old left the race. His Lotto Soudal team took to social media to say their rider was suffering from knee pain.
After winning Stage 7, Ewan admitted his focus was already on goals later in the year.“My goal remains the same for this year, and I have to do what is best to prepare for the Tour. Unfortunately sprinters’ legs don’t recover in the same way as other riders, and if I finish the Giro now I would be dying for the next few months. ”
“This year so far has been very difficult with the weather and a lot of guys have sore legs. I have to make sure I don’t go too far because if you do, it’s hard to start over in the next Round. “
It took well over an hour for the break of the day to form on stage 8 with several divisions and attacks ahead of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën), Nikias Arndt (Team DSM), Victor Lafay (Cofidis), Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane), Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa) and Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos) have emerged.
There had been an accident in a tunnel but according to early reports Ewan was dumped before the incident happened.
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Sadly @CalebEwan had to give up #giro with knee pain.May 15, 2021