Knee injury forces Peter Sagan out of Tour de France: It's never a nice feeling to abandon a race
Jul 08 2021 10:41 pm CET

Knee injury forces Peter Sagan out of Tour de France: It's never a nice feeling to abandon a race
Knee injury forces Peter Sagan out of Tour de France: It's never a nice feeling to abandon a race
Photo of Peter Sagan (c)Bora-hansgrohre/Christof Kreutzer

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) hasn't started in the twelfth stage of the Tour de France following a knee injury.

The former World Champion suffered and injury on his knee during the third stage of the French grand tour, when a chainring hit the skin of his patella. Although he was able to continue racing, on the tenth stage he had another hit on the same knee and the skin reopened, forcing him to eventually withdraw from the race. The rider will now take time to rest and then prepare for the Olympics of Tokyo 2020.

"It's never a nice feeling to abandon a race," said Sagan. "Following my crash on stage 3 it seemed that my knee was getting better, but I then hit it again on the handlebar during the sprint of stage 10. It started swelling, and I'm now unable to bend my leg. With the stages going at full throttle right from the start, it would be extremely difficult to race. There is nothing more I can do now than rest and get better.

"It's very sad, personally, to leave the team right now, especially in these important stages where I should be working for Wilco Kelderman in order to protect him and keep him in the front in the crosswinds. As I said, unfortunately, there isn't much more we can do. I have to rest, hope it gets better and then prepare for the Olympics."
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PETER SAGAN
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