Terrible misfortune has struck Sam Bewley in the run up to the Giro d’Italia. The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider crashed during recon of the Tour de Romandie prologue today, dislocating the AC joint in his left shoulder, and rendering him unable to start the race. The injury also rules him out of the Giro d’Italia which starts on 11th May.
Since 2015, Sam Bewley has finished the Giro d’Italia three times, with his last two journeys around Italy seeing him front and centre of two fantastic campaigns for what is now the Mitchelton-SCOTT team. Back in 2016 as Orica GreenEDGE, the team sent Esteban Chaves to second place overall, a stage victory and a day in the maglia rosa. 2018 brought the team within three stages of the grand tour win with Simon Yates in one of the most memorable races in recent memory. The Giro saw the team walk away with three stage wins for Simon Yates, one for Esteban Chaves and one for Mikel Nieve along with a two week stint in the maglia rosa for Yates that only ended in stage 19.
The 2019 edition, which is to kick off in Bologna with an 8.2km individual time trial on 11th May was to follow a spring campaign which – for Bewley – has been largely dominated by stage racing. In 19 race days he has ridden 17 of them in three stage races, the Herald Sun Tour, the UAE Tour and the Seetimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali where he teamed up with Robert Stannard to win the team time trial and was a part of the outfit that landed a Mitchelton-SCOTT 1-2-3 on the general classification for Lucas Hamilton, Damien Howson and Nick Schultz.
Sadly the expected start at this year’s Giro d’Italia is not to be for the 31 year old. The team issued a statement on Twitter saying, “Unfortunately @SamBewley suffered a dislocated AC joint in his left shoulder in a crash during recon at #TDR2019 today. He will undergo further scans this week, with surgery possible, and so is ruled out of the upcoming #Giro.”
Bewley’s disappointment was very closely felt, as he also spoke up on Twitter, saying, “Hugely disappointed to be out of this years Giro after big preparation, lots of hard work and some exciting goals there with the team. I live to fight another day though and I’ll be back soon. Thanks for the support.”
At RoadCycling we want to wish Sam a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return to racing soon. Heal up quickly Wagon!