Maximilian Schachmann out of Tour de France with broken hand
Jul 20 2019 04:40 am CET

Maximilian Schachmann out of Tour de France with broken hand
Maximilian Schachmann out of Tour de France with broken hand
Bora-hansgrohe

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) had to withdraw from the Tour de France after a crash in the individual time trial of the 13th stage left him with a broken hand.

The German was doing a good time trial in Pau, he had the fifth best time at the third checkpoint of the competition, but a crash in the closing kilometres finished his time at the French grand tour. The rider was visibly in pain in the television images and further examinations revealed fractures of the third, fourth and fifth metacarpals of his left hand and was immediately transferred to Germany for surgical treatment.

"I feel really sorry I let my teammates and the rest of the team down," said Schachmann. "We all have put in such a strong effort in these 12 stages and I know I was to play an important role in the mountain stages, helping Patrick and Emu. I'm sorry they won't be able to count on my support to reach their goals. I wanted to try to get the best result I could today.

"I felt good, I had a good pace and I was even able to push harder in the last part of the parcours. I pushed to my limit and I took a right corner too fast. It was a misjudgment on my part, I thought I could take it tightly because it was opening up. Unfortunately, it did open up but later than I thought. I was already sliding and there wasn't much I could do. The road was slippery there, my front wheel was sliding and I hit the ground."







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