Medical Reports. The Tour de France is one of the most tense and chaotic races in the world, and unfortunately, that also leads to plenty of riders suffering from crashes and injuries. In this article, you will find frequent updates on some of the events that happen throughout the race regarding these incidents.
The first stage of the race saw only one meaningful crash, involving three riders, but with serious consequences to the race. Enric Mas was forced to abandon the race in this accident with a fractured scapula, whilst Richard Carapaz crossed the line over 15 minutes after stage winner, with injuries that have taken him out of GC contention.
However, after the stage tests have revealed the Ecuadorian suffered a fracture in the kneecap which has led him to abandon the race.
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The day went through without any abandons. Torstein Traeen was diagnosed with a fracture in the elbow as a result of his crash on stage 1 but remains in the race. There was one meaningful crash during the stage, in which Lotto Dstny riders were caught out. Jasper de Buyst has suffered an hematoma in a wrist whilst Maxim van Gils has suffered a few abrasions and bruises. De Buyst will see throughout stage 3 if it is possible to continue the race.
Mathew Dinham and Alex Edmonson have suffered contusions in the knees whilst Luca Mozzato has suffered a wound in the chin and an elbow.
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It was a rather calm day in the peloton as it finally reached flat roads. The day went on without too many events luckily, some riders including Ben O'Connor and Fred Wright hit the deck but without any significant consequences, the latter with arm bruises, whilst Simon Clarke has suffered bruises in an elbow.
Stage 4 was a calm day on the bike until the finale. Three different crashes then happened in the final race circuit, involving a few riders. Race organizers report Fabio Jakobsen having multiple abrasions and bruises, Jacopo Guarnieri has been taken to the hospital with suspicions of a collarbone fracture, and Luka Mezgec has also been taken to the hospital to evaluate possible collarbone fracture. Axel Zingle and Soren Waerenskjold were involved in a high-speed crash in sight of the line.
Both Jacopo Guarnieri and Luis León Sánchez could not start stage 5 after their respective crashes in the finale of the previous day, both with confirmed collarbone fractures. Quinn Simmons crashed early in the day and has suffered abrasions in the left elbow, shoulder and knee.
Nothing to note.
Nothing to note.
Mark Cavendish has abandoned the Tour de France, a heartbreaking outcome for the Manxman who was in pursuit of a record breaking 35th stage win. He has suffered trauma on his right shoulder and has fractured a collarbone.
Steff Cras was later on forced to abandon in a crash that involved Simon Yates and Mikel Landa, the Belgian was in the fight for the Top10 but has suffered trauma in his right knee and ankle and had to leave the race. Torstein Traeen of Uno-X has crashed once again, suffering only abrasions but adding that to the injuries he's suffered earlier in the race.
Because of the injuries sustained earlier this week, Quinn Simmons has abandoned the race before the start of stage 9. Lars van den Berg and Lilian Calmejane were involved in crashes today suffering road rash, the latter when he collided with clothing layed out by fans on the side of the road.
Nothing to note.
Nothing to note.
Stage 12 began with a rider less as Fabio Jakobsen left the race following the difficulties he's had since his crash on stage 4. Over the mountain stages he's struggled deeply and he pulled the plug on his Tour participation in the morning.
Throughout the stage there were a few crashes, Giulio Ciccone and Michael Woods being involved in one close to the end of the stage in the peloton. In the race's official press release two riders have been reported to crash and continue, with Torstein Traeen suffering a third crash and more road rash and Quentin Pacher who suffered road rash on the right elbow. David de la Cruz crashed alongside Pacher, suffering trauma in the right elbow and abandoning the race on the spot.
Ben Turner abandoned the Tour throughout stage 13 with gastrointestinal problems whilst Caleb Ewan pulled the plug on the race citing a lot of fatigue, which has been causing him a lot of problems in the mountain stages.
On the first crash of the day plenty riders were involved. Maxim van Gils, Adrien Petit, Daniel Martínez, Wilco Kelderman, Clément Berthet, Esteban Chaves, Bryan Coquard, Omar Fraile, Ion Izaguirre, Ben O'Connor, Patrick Konrad, Anthony Turgis, Chris Juul-Jensen and Vegard Stake Laengen were all involved. Antonio Pedrero suffered rib fractures and a pulmonary contusion, whilst the other abandon from that crash was Louis Meintjes who suffered a fractured collarbone and rib trauma.
Petit suffered several bruises and road rash in his legs and buttock. Martínez had a mild concussion and continued under surveillance, Esteban Chaves also had to abandon later on, suffering from shoulder trauma.
In a second crash Romain Bardet was forced to abandon with a concussion, the very same situation as EF's James Shaw. Ramon Sinkeldam and Ruben Guerreiro have also abandoned the race.
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Daniel Martínez did not start the stage as a result of the injuries suffered the day before. Stage 15 saw another mass crash in it's early kilometers, with Sepp Kuss being hit by a fan, which in return caused a big fall in the head of the peloton. He, Rasmus Tiller and Clément Champoussin all attended the medical car because of it, Biniam Girmay was also among other riders involved. Michael Gogl suffered wrist trauma whilst Nathan van Hooydonck suffered multiple road rash in the back.
Other crashes on the day included the dramatic one of Krists Neilands when trying to refuel on a descent, he has suffered multiple bruises. Rigoberto Urán and Chris Hamilton also hit the deck, the race's medical report also tells of several bruises for the latter.
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A muscular injury in a thigh and pain in the saddle area led Matteo Jorgenson to abandon the race before the start of stage 16. After not recovering on the rest day, the American abandoned. John Degenkolb, Nils Eekhoff and Alexis Renard were among those who crashed in the first corner of the route early on.
Alexis Renard was forced to abandon because of the injuries he suffered during the time-trial. Phil Bauhaus abandoned the stage leaving the sprinter field with one less big figure, whilst Egan Bernal crashed throughout the stage and suffered bruising in his right elbow.
Wout van Aert has abandoned the race to be present for the birth of his son. He and Cofidis' Anthony Perez haven't taken to the start of the stage. The French team lost another rider during the stage as illness took the best of Simon Geschke.
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The medical report informed that Corbin Strong has crashed during the stage suffering a lot of road rash.
A crash early in the day saw two GC contenders suffer quite a lot. Sepp Kuss has suffered a wound in the face which required stitches, and multiple bruises. Carlos Rodríguez has also suffered a small face wound and multiple bruises, almost identically.
David Gaudu in the meanwhile crashed late in the day. Victor Lafay has crashed in a similar location, suffering poly-contusion with small head trauma but remained conscious - however he was forced to abandon the race.
Nothing to note.