The dangers of the opening week of the Tour de France were evident once again this afternoon, as a number of big-name riders came down in a high-speed crash 2.7km from the finish in Rouen.
CW takes a look at the condition of those who fell today, have been sick and fell in previous stages.
Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)
The world champion tweeted saying: “Ouch….. Crash at 2.5km to finish today. Taken some scuffs to my left side, but I’ve bounced pretty well again.”
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Bernie Eisel (Team Sky)
Speaking in the post-race press conference, team principal Dave Brailsford confirmed that Eisel has a deep cut in his right eyebrow, and had four stitches sewn in on the Sky bus.
Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Sharp)
A bike hit Hunter’s front wheel, forcing him to fall. He landed heavily, and sustained cuts to his left-hand side. Earlier in the day, Hunter visited the race’s medical car as he scrapped his right elbow in a crash yesterday.
Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale)
The Italian also came down in the crash 2.7km from the line, and landed heavily on his right side. Because of the brusing around his hip, Peter Sagan told the press he isn’t sure if his team-mate will start tomorrow.
Mark Renshaw (Rabobank)
The Australian tweeted saying that he did not lose much skin but predicted that his hip will be swollen tomorrow.
Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol)
The Belgian powerhouse visited the race doctor complaining about stomach problems. It didn’t slow him down in the finale, however, as he played a key role in team-mate Andre Greipel’s victory.
Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
Kittel did not come down in the big crash, but his recovery from his stomach problems is still slow. Team doctor Edwin Achterberg told the Argos-Shimano website: “He still had some trouble with his stomach, but fortunately he was able to eat something during the stage. Not yet in the way we actually want him to eat, but it’s a positive sign. We expect the situation to improve in the coming days.”
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
Sorry French housewives, Tommy V may not be in the Tour much longer. His right knee, which has caused him problems the past month, is still causing him problems. He has lost over minutes on race leader Fabian Cancellara already, and a big breakaway attempt doesn’t seem likely.
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
Once again, the world time trial champion finished today’s stage off the back, riding in with Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank). Both men’s left wrists remain in strapping.
GC contender Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) also crashed during the stage, but did not require medical attention.
Only three riders have retired from the race thus far: Kanstantsin Suitsou (Team Sky) broke his fibia, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) fractured his clavicle and Rabobank’s Maarten Tjallingii did not start today’s stage after a hospital check-up revealed he broke his hip yesterday. The Dutchman rode 40km to the finish in Boulogne despite the injury.
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Stage two by Graham Watson
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Prologue photo gallery by Graham Watson
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