The unusual situation experienced on the podium by Biniam Girmay, in Jesi, in which he was hit in the left eye by the cork of a bottle of champagne, is not unique in cycling. The Eritrean rider, who became the first black rider to win a grand tour stage, was forced to withdraw from the Giro and entered a shortlist of athletes who dropped out due to unexpected injuries.
– In 2001, Laurent Jalabert did not compete for three weeks after fracturing three ribs falling from a ladder while cleaning at home.
– Cadel Evans could not, in 2008, participate in the Beijing Olympics, for injuring his knee while dancing at the Hard Rock Café in Paris, during a team evening.
– That same year, Mark Cavendish also had a week off for slipping on his snowboard during a video game.
– In 2009, it was Jérôme Pineau who suffered several injuries while repairing a motorcycle scooter at his home.
– Three-time Olympic champion Ed Clancy, a track and road cyclist, began to fear for his career in 2015, when he suffered a back problem while lifting a suitcase at the end of the Tour de Grande- Brittany.
– In 2016, Yves Lampaert could not play in Paris – Roubaix because, two days earlier, he was hit hard in the Achilles tendon by a caddy.
– Also in June 2016, on the eve of the national context, in France, Nacer Bouhanni is involved in a fight at the hotel and must receive four stitches. He even lined up in the race but gave up in front of the violence of the pain.
– In 2019, Niklas Larsen broke his leg while dancing at a team party.
– Also in 2019, Dylan Teuns, winner of this year’s Flèche Wallonne, was left with 15 stitches after an accident with a tractor he was driving in his family garden.
– Already this year Kevin Geniets withdrew from the 7th stage of Paris – Nice due to injuries resulting from the explosion of a billboard the day before.