Tom Scully withdrew from the Giro d’Italia before stage 14 to Monte Zoncolan. The EF Education First-Drapac Kiwi’s decision to abandon the race was unexpected from us, but according to the team it was a planned withdrawal and not a surprise.
The day to Monte Zoncolan was to be the 14th stage in Tom Scully’s second grand tour outing. Last year Scully lined up for the Vuelta a Espana, but this year’s selection for the Giro d’Italia was very last minute.
After Scully’s withdrawal from the Giro d’Italia we got in touch with EF Education First-Drapac, and the team issued a statement explaining why the 28 year old had made the decision to retire from the race.
“After a very busy classics campaign and last-minute call up to the Giro, Tom Scully didn’t take the start of the Giro’s 14th stage up the Monte Zoncolan. The Kiwi did an excellent job in the crucial early part of the race guiding Modolo and protecting Woods.”
Scully’s final stage of the Giro d’Italia saw the team in a positive place on the general classification, with Michael Woods occupying 16th overall. Scully had also supported teammate Sacha Modolo to four top 5 finishes in bunch sprints.
The finest hour from Scully came in the opening time trial, where Scully produced a very strong ride through the streets of Jerusalem to finish 17th on the stage.