Logan Owen of Bremerton received stitches after falling victim to a crash but will continue the Tour of Spain
Bremerton’s Logan Owen survived a crash-marred sixth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday.
Owen’s team, EF Education First, was the hardest hit in the stage. Owen saw two teammates, team captain Rigoberto Uran and Hugh Carthy, forced to abandon the tour with broken collarbones while he needed five-stitches in his leg but will continue. Owen, a grand tour rookie, rode in with the final group, cut and bloodied.
The 199-kilometer long stage included three categorized climbs from Mora de Rubielos to Ares del Maestrat in the region of Aragon, Spain. The crash occurred midway through the stage.
“We came ripping on this downhill, and we hit a turn that was tighter than expected, with a bit of water on the road, and guys just slid out,” EF rider Lawson Craddock said during a post-race interview with Andrew Hood of velonews.com. “It was a rough moment for that to happen because guys were going pretty fast.”
Owen expressed relief that he made it to the finish line to race another day.
“People didn’t realize the corner came back on itself and we were going really fast,” Owen told Hood of velonews.com. “We were really lucky that people were not more seriously hurt because there was a rock sidewall and a ditch.”
It was especially gut-wrenching for Owen who led part of stage five on Wednesday thanks to his Education First “Pink Argyle” teammates. It was the first time the Bremerton High graduate had led a Grand Tour stage race.
Bainbridge’s Kiel Reijnen, riding for Trek-Sefragado, made it through the tumultous state unscathed. Reijnen sits in 154th overall.
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