Australian Simon Gerrans (35) has withdrawn from the Tour de France after breaking his wrist in a shocking crash during stage three of this international race that also ended the Tour hopes of race leader Fabian Cancellara.
Tour de France organisers were forced to stop the race just over 100 kilometres into the third stage on Monday after Gerrans and others were caught up in a massive crash.
Wishing @simongerrans @blingmatthews @f_cancellara & all riders who crashed in #TDF2015 stage 3 a speedy recovery… pic.twitter.com/Tov0EPHU3G
— Cycling Victoria (@cyclingvictoria) July 7, 2015
On a straight road in clear conditions, FDJ rider William Bonnet clipped the wheel of Warren Barguil in front and went down suddenly, causing a ripple through the pack which took down about 20 riders.
The Tour came to an end for Gerrans and South African Orica GreenEDGE team-mate Daryl Impey, and four other races including race leader Cancellara, who suffered a spinal fracture.
“I managed to dodge past two or three guys in the grass and I finally got caught up on someone and went down,” said Gerrans while speaking to The Australian.
“We were all on the the right-hand side of the bunch and I think it crashed on the left and just went across and we all had nowhere to go.”
“I managed to dodge past two or three guys in the grass and I finally got caught up on someone and went down and as soon I gathered my bearings I knew that I’d hurt myself straight away.
“My wrist was pretty sore so [the team] shipped me off in the ambulance to the hospital for some X-rays and it confirmed I’ve broken both the bones in my forearm and now I’m plastered up and on the sidelines for a little while I guess.”
Stage-three Tour withdrawals:
Simon Gerrans (AUS – Orica GreenEDGE)
Daryl Impey (RSA – Orica GreenEDGE)
Fabian Cancellara (SUI – Trek Factory Racing)
William Bonnet (FRA – FDJ)
Tom Dumoulin (NED – Team Giant-Alpecin)
Dmitry Kozontchuk (RUS – Team Katusha)
Gerrans, who in 2013 became the sixth Australian to wear the maillot jaune as the leader of the Tour’s general classification added, “I think I’m going to get another opinion tomorrow because I’ve been told that maybe I’ll need some surgery.
“I’ll get back to the hospital and get another X-ray, get another opinion and see what the orthopaedic specialists say.”
Gerrans gave this Twitter update yesterday:
Sore, sorry & back to the drawing board, again. Like with every set-back, now I’m just focusing on the future & setting some new goals. #tdf
— Simon Gerrans (@simongerrans) July 7, 2015