Keep up to date with who has withdrawn from this year’s Tour de France
With three weeks of racing and thousands of kilometres to cover, sporting events don’t come tougher than the Tour de France.
Last year’s race saw major withdrawals early on due to a wet opening time trial in Düsseldorf, with Alejandro Valverde and Ion Izagirre both crashing out on the first day, before Peter Sagan became the race’s most high-profile non-finisher after he was abandoned on stage four.
As usual, the first two stages of the 2018 Tour de France have seen numerous crashes, with the final 20km of stage one seeing time losses for many of the GC contenders, while Lawson Craddock (EF Education First-Drapac) suffered the most serious crash which saw him suffer a minor fractured vertebrae and require stitches above his left eye.
However the first abandon of the race was not due to a crash, with Tsgabu Grmay (Trek-Segafredo) climbing off with 95km to go on stage two with his team saying that he was suffering from “severe abdominal pain”.
Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) was the other man who abandoned following a crash with slightly under 40km remaining on the stage to La Roche-sur-Yon.
After all riders made it through the team time trial on stage three, stage four saw a major crash with five kilometres to go in which a number of riders hit the deck, including Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale) who immediately abandoned with a broken collarbone.
Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) was also caught up in that crash but continued to ride to the finish with blood pouring down his face. However the Belgian did not take to the start of stage five having dislocated his shoulder and requiring stitches to cuts above his right eye and the back of his head.
Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was also a non-starter on stage five. The Australian rider had looked strong in the opening stages, but suffered from vomiting overnight and was unable to eat before the stage, deciding to pull out rather than attempting to race.
That leaves 171 riders still in the race, with 17 stages remaining until the race reaches Paris on July 29.
Stage five abandonments
Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) – Crash (DNS)
Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) – Illness (DNS)
Stage four abandonments
Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale) – Crash
Stage three abandonments
Stage two abandonments
Tsgabu Grmay (Trek-Segafredo) – Illness
Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) – Crash
Stage one abandonments
This page will be updated as the race progresses
Source : Cyclingweekly