The Giro d'Italia loves tricky sprint finishes, and on Monday's stage 9, the curvaceous finale caused a crash in the sprint. Filippo Pozzato went into the corner too hot and slid, taking down the riders on his wheel. Matt Goss and Mark Cavendish were among the riders who smacked planet.
After the race, Pozzato apologized for his poor bike handling. He said he is among the first to call out other riders for dangerous racing, but this time, he admitted, he was at fault. "The crash was solely my fault," he told RaiSport after the stage. "I am very sorry to the other riders for my mistake, and I ask them to forgive me." Pozzato said he had only minor injuries from the crash.
Ahead of the crash, Francisco Ventoso of Movistar took the stage victory ahead of Fabio Felline of Androni. Felline crossed the line banging his bars in disappointment. Ryder Hesjedal stayed out of trouble and crossed the line seventh to keep his race lead. Hesjedal said after the stage that he had seen the finish in the road book before the stage and knew that he needed to stay at the front and out of trouble through the curves.