Horrific Giro D'Italia crash sees Italian cyclist hospitalised four years after death on same stage - video

Doctors say Dominic Pozzovivo's injuries are serious but under control

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An Italian cyclist had to be taken to hospital last night after a horrific accident saw him come off of his bike during the third stage of Italy’s biggest cycling race the Giro D’Italia.

Dominic Pozzovivo says he can “remember nothing” of the incident that saw him lose control while on a high-speed descent on the unforgiving 136km stage.

Paramedics were rushed to the scene to treat the unconscious Pozzovivo as he lay motionless on the tarmac. The cyclist, who is thought to be a contender for the overall crown, was taken to hospital, where he is currently being treated.

Doctors say his injuries are "serious" but "under control".

The decision by broadcasters to show the crash prompted an angry reaction by Britain’s 2013 Tour De France winner Chris Froome who tweeted, "Is it really necessary to show these images of Pozzovivo at the #Giro2015? Have some respect for the rider and his family!"

Four years ago, Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt died following a crash while racing on the Giro D’Italia’s following a fatal crash.

Australia’s Michael Matthews secured a stage win for his Orica Green-Edge team after a tight sprint finish.