Georgia Williams has been ruled out of competing at this year’s Giro Rosa. The reigning national road race and time trial champion was due to start with her Mitchelton-Scott squad, but a crash during training has meant that she will now miss the stage race; the biggest event on the women’s calendar.
Last night Mitchelton-Scott made the sad announcement that Georgia Williams will not be taking to the start line in Verbania alongside her teammates for the opening stage’s team time trial. “Unfortunately NZ champion @GeoWilliams3 will not start the #GiroRosa tomorrow after suffering a fall during training and now needs more time to recover,” the team announced.
Unfortunately NZ champion @GeoWilliams3 will not start the #GiroRosa tomorrow after suffering a fall during training and now needs more time to recover. Thankfully we have @JessicaAllen93 ready to replace her.
Recover fast Georgia 🤗 pic.twitter.com/KgFWAwkTUd
— Mitchelton-SCOTT (@MitcheltonSCOTT) July 5, 2018
Williams’ place will be taken by Jessica Allen as she and her teammates look to champion the GC campaign of Annemiek van Vleuten; the Dutch rider who is hoping to spring from third overall last year to the victory this time around. Van Vleuten also won the points classification and Queen of the mountains classification at the race last year, so the team have lofty ambitions in 2018.
The damage done to Williams was sadly very severe as Williams revealed that she’d fractured bones in her pubis, hip and sacrum.
Pretty guttered to not race the @GiroRosaCycling this year. Injury’s are a lot worse than expected. A fracture in 3 bones, pubis, hip and sacrum. I’ll be cheering from the couch 💪🏼💛🖤 GO @MitcheltonSCOTT https://t.co/sK4gKuZgi8
— Georgia Williams (@GeoWilliams3) July 5, 2018
We wish Georgia a speedy recovery and a successful return to racing in the second half of the season.