Mekseb Debesay today had to leave the Tour de Langkawi after a crash. The leader of Dimension Data was previously counted among the favorites for the final victory in the Asian stage race and was seventh in the standings.
Due to a late attack by Callum Scotson in the last ten kilometers, the South African WorldTour formation felt compelled to come to the front of the peloton to lead the chase. But it went completely wrong for her leader.
Debesay became involved in a crash when several teams competed for their positions in the run-up to the mass sprint. The rider from Eritrea could not go and went against the plain. He was then transferred to the hospital for further medical examination.
According to Dimension Data's team physician, Debesay has not sustained life-threatening injuries. "He is conscious and speaks, but he needs further medical examination at the Kuala Lumpur hospital to assess the severity of his injuries."