Brajkovic will not start at stage 5 Tour of Guangxi
Due to the crash of yesterday, Janez Brajkovic, who was meant to be our GC leader, will not start at today’s race.
Comments from Luca Pollastri, our medical doctor: “Brajkovic yesterday, during the crash, he had a cerebral concussion, so, to prevent any more important injury, we decide today to take off him from competition because a second crash could be really dangerous for him. It’s not his decision, because he would like to start. It’s just for prevention. Now he feels good, there’s no big problem, but after concussion like that, the best thing is to rest.”
“For us, I mean it’s a medical decision and we have to respect that. Cycling and racing is our goal when you come to a race, and it’s the same we focus on. But, in the end, the most important is the health of the riders. Our medical staff do the decision today that after the crash of yesterday, Jani cannot start because he had a cerebral concussion yesterday. So it’s better for him to rest, we have to accept the decision. No way we can go against the medical advice, so Jani will not start today. It’s a pity for him, because he came here well-prepared, it was one of a few races he could ride for himself, for his own result. Pity to be on that situation, but it’s also part of our sport,” said our sports director Philippe Mauduit this morning.