Katusha-Alpecin hit hard in Tour de France crash
Jul 03 2017 02:10 am CET

Katusha-Alpecin hit hard in Tour de France crash

Katusha-Alpecin was one of the most affected teams in Sunday's mass crash in the second stage of the Tour de France.

Four riders were involved in the crash, which took place at about 30 kilometers from the finish line in Liege, Belgium. Tony Martin, Rick Zabel, Marco Haller and Reto Hollenstein all hit the deck.

The team confirmed on its website that Martin, despite suffering road rash and losing ten minutes as result of the crash, should be able to start in Monday's stage. The same applies to Zabel and Haller.

Hollenstein appeared to have taken the hardest hit although X-rays pointed out that the rider had not suffered any fractures.

At the time of the crash, Katusha-Alpecin riders were setting the pace in the peloton in order to catch the breakaway of the day and prepare for the final sprint of Alexander Kristoff. The Norwegian himself finished in 15th place.

"The roads were slippery, and most of the team went down," Kristoff explained. "I did not go down but had a puncture right afterwards so it took some time to get a wheel.

"I actually felt quite good but I came into the sprint on the right side. Maybe I was in the wind a little bit too early because it was still too far to start my sprint. I tried to catch a draft but it was impossible. We were split up after the crash, but I am feeling OK actually. I have blood on my jersey but right now I'm not sure what that is from."
Image: Team Katusha-Alpecin logo





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