The highest-placed US rider in the Tour de France, Tejay van Garderen, withdrew from the race late Friday.
Van Garderen had crashed heavily early on Friday’s stage seven, after hitting a traffic median, he told Business Insider. Postrace X-rays revealed a fracture in his left thumb.
Still, broken and bloodied, he finished the stage, the longest of this year’s Tour at over 140 miles.
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CHALON-SUR- SAONE, France — Bike racing can be brutal and unforgiving. Tejay van Garderen, the top American rider in the Tour de France, got a bitter reminder of that Friday: He is now out of the world’s greatest race after crashing hard early on stage seven and breaking his left thumb and suffering multiple abrasions to his face and body.
He crashed not long after the start Friday and still managed to complete the longest stage of the Tour, 230 kilometers, or 142.9 miles, albeit broken and bloodied but fighting.
EF team manager and CEO Jonathan Vaughters confirmed to Business Insider that Van Garderen would not start stage eight Saturday. Van Garderen later also said he was not continuing.
Early on Friday’s stage, which was supposed to be a relatively relaxing but long day for most of the riders, Van Garderen hit a traffic island and crashed heavily. He was checked by team management and the official Tour doctor after crashing and was eventually allowed to continue racing.
He finished the stage, the longest of this year’s Tour at 230 kilometers, or 142.9 miles. After, he went for x-rays, which showed a fracture in his left thumb.
Van Garderen told Business Insider how the crash happened: “It was a really stupid crash,” he said. “I think a piece of paper or something got stuck in my bike somewhere, and I was just …read more
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