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, 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 going to continue.
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. Van Garderen was checked by team management and the official Tour race 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 …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Sports