Simon Yates, Lucas Hamilton and Roger Kluge out of Tour de France after heavy crash
Jul 10 2021 06:32 am CET

Simon Yates, Lucas Hamilton and Roger Kluge out of Tour de France after heavy crash
Simon Yates, Lucas Hamilton and Roger Kluge out of Tour de France after heavy crash
Tour de France

Simon Yates, Lucas Hamilton and Roger Kluge have crashed out of the Tour de France during the 13th stage.

Although the 13th stage of the French grand tour was over a flat stretch and was bound to be easy and finish in a bunch sprint, things didn't go smoothly. With around 60 kilometres to go, there was a big crash that involved several riders and some of them had to withdraw like Yates, Hamilton and Kluge.

"Yates was assessed by the Tour de France medical team and Team BikeExchange Head Doctor, David Hulse, and it was confirmed that he had trauma to his abdominal wall," said BikeExchange through a statement. "He was transferred to hospital in Carcassonne for CT scans, as a precaution, which showed no fractures or internal injuries.

"Lucas Hamilton has suffered a right shoulder injury. X-rays showed an acromioclavicular joint dislocation."

Kluge also had to undergo medical examinations that ruled out any fractures, but he had to be treated for heavy abrasions on the back, right hip and elbow. "Suddenly everybody started braking and when I reached for my brakes, I already touched wheels", said Kluge. "I clipped out of my right pedal and went down on my right side. I crashed pretty hard, and then I realized why everybody was braking... The road was full of little stones, and we were just sliding on loose gravel. I had to think of what Caleb said after he went down. Immediately after the crash, I was also in a lot of pain, especially my back hurt a lot. I didn't think a second of jumping back on the bike.

"Luckily there are no broken bones, so normally Tokyo will be the next step for me. But first, everything needs to heal well, of course. I'm happy that I didn't break anything and the Olympics are still possible, but we will need to see how it goes. Luckily, there's still some time."




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