The two Australians suffer from a broken collarbone while the injuries of the Slovenian and Slovak are more superficial.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) will not start the 4th stage of the Tour de France. The Australian sprinter suffered a heavy crash in the sprint at the finish of the 3rd stage on Monday in Pontivy.
After lying on the ground for a long time, 26-year-old Ewan was rushed to hospital. He was diagnosed with a fracture of the right clavicle, announced a Belgian training on Twitter. “I don’t remember the fall well because it happened very quickly,” Ewan replied in a press release. “I remember I wanted to turn at the start of the turn. We started sprinting to the left. I saw the guys in front moving to the right, so I had to hold back. When it happened, I found myself next to Peter Sagan. Our wheels were close together. And when Merlier went right, I touched the wheel. I realized pretty quickly that my Turn was over. When we fell, you usually don’t feel a lot of pain from the adrenaline. But now I immediately had a lot of pain. When the medical staff pushed on my collarbone, I felt a snap. I immediately knew that it was not okay. ” “I broke a bone for the first time,” continues the Australian. “They told me it was broken in four places. An operation is needed to get everything back in place. (…) There is still a lot of time to let this heal between now and the Vuelta, j ‘hope that can still be a goal this year. ”
Caleb Ewan won three stages in the Tour in 2019 and two more in 2020. This year he won two stages of the Giro. He was one of the declared candidates for the green jersey in the points classification on July 18 in Paris.
The Australian Jack Haig, forced to retire after his fall in the 3rd stage of the Tour de France on Monday, suffers from a concussion and a fractured left collarbone, his team announced Monday evening after the arrival in Pontivy.
“Jack is conscious and is doing well,” said Dr. Piotr Kosielski, a Bahrain-Victorious training physician. “The CT scan showed no head trauma.” Following team and International Cycling Union (UCI) protocols, the Australian rider must remain in hospital for observation overnight. Haig crashed with other riders on the descent to Pontivy, less than 5 kilometers from the finish. The 27-year-old Australian was the leader on Team Bahrain’s Tour, showing impressive results in recent weeks. Fifth in the recent Critérium Dauphiné, he finished the first stage of the Tour, Saturday in Landerneau (Finistère), in fourth position and occupied 6th place in the general classification at the start of the third stage 26 seconds behind Mathieu van der Poel.
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Primoz Roglic stopped at the Tour organization’s medical vehicle after the third stage. “Fortunately, I didn’t break anything,” he told me afterwards. “I can continue.”
However, the situation was not the best for the Slovenian. “I have grazes all over the place, but I can keep running. What exactly happened? It was a very stressful final with all those narrow roads.” His teammate Robert Gesink crashed with Geraint Thomas. And Steven Kruijswijk, another Jumbo-Visma rider, also hit the asphalt and crossed the finish line with a bloody body. He was transferred to the hospital, where several fingers had to be stitched up. The riders asked Monday to take the times 8 km from the finish because of the eventful final. Roglic himself didn’t want to say too much about the course. “I’m not the runner who’s going to comment on this. I don’t even know what happened. There were a lot of guys on the ground. No one deserves to be on the ground after months of being on the ground. training. It’s not good to fall like that. I get back on my bike, I continue. As long as I race, I will fight. But one thing is certain: it was not the best day for my team . “
Peter Sagan suffers from cuts to the right hip and from a “very big bruise”, announced Monday his team Bora after the fall of the Slovak at the arrival of the 3rd stage of the Tour de France in Pontivy.
Sagan, in a good position, was dragged to the ground by Australian Caleb Ewan who fell in the last curve, less than 200 meters from the line. “I was very well placed in the home stretch, ready to fight for the stage victory, but unfortunately I crashed with Caleb Ewan. I managed to get up, get back on the bike and cross the finish line but, of course, it did not go as I wanted, “said the seven-time winner of the points classification (green jersey). “Peter slipped on the road for a very long time. He has fairly deep cuts on his right hip and a very large bruise, bruises, but we’ll see in the next few days,” said Dr. Christopher Edler, chief medical officer of German training. Sagan, who thanked his teammates, in particular the German Nils Politt, for their work during the stage, crossed the line in 80th position, 56 seconds after the winner, the Belgian Tim Merlier. But he was credited with the winner’s time due to the rule that counteracts deviations caused by a fall or an accident in the last three kilometers.
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