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(SuperSport) Debesay crashes out of Langkawi

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Debesay crashes out of Langkawi

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka suffered a big loss in the fourth stage of the Tour de Langkawi when Mekseb Debesay, the team’s overall race favourite, crashed out of the race today.

It was yet another flat stage at the Tour de Langkawi, with today's fourth stage spanning over 177km, as the riders made their way from Dungan to Pekan. After the break spoiled the sprinters’ plans yesterday, it was highly unlikely that any attackers would accomplish the same feat today. Nevertheless, six riders tried their luck with an early escape.

Without a sprint favourite in the team line-up, and with no rider in break posing any GC threat, the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka squad was under no real pressure at any stage today. The sprint teams were left to control the attackers’ gap, which they were successful in neutralising around the 15km-to-go mark.

A late attack from Callum Scotson (Bike-Exchange) with 10km to go resulted in the team having to go to the head of the peloton and lead the chase, and this is where misfortune struck. Mekseb Debesay was involved in a nasty crash, as teams battled for position leading up to the sprint, which he was unable to ride away from. The Eritrean star was taken to hospital for further medical examination.

Dr Dirk Tenner, the team doctor, said, “We can confirm Mekseb has sustained no life-threatening injuries, he is conscious and talking but he needs to undergo further medical examination at the hospital in Kulala Lumpur to reveal the full extent of his injuries.”

Amanuel Ghebreigzhabhier was the highest-placed rider for Team Qhubeka, finishing in 20th place.

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