Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank) is in a stable condition after a high-speed crash on the descent of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard.



The German hit a bump in the road and lost control of his bike, throwing him to the ground. He landed on his face and slid down the road in a shower of sparks as his bike skitted along the tarmac.



Voigt was flown to the university hospital in Grenoble where an examination on Tuesday night revealed that he fractured his right cheekbone and is suffering from concussion. A statement issued by Saxo Bank said that Voigt will remain in the hospital for observation.

Voigt had recovered enough late on Tuesday to issue a message to his team: “I think I was very lucky not getting severely hurt from today’s crash. Now I hope that you can focus on the race and I wish you all good luck with the hard stage tomorrow”. 

Angel Gomez Marchante (Cervelo) also crashed on the testing descent from Petit Saint Bernard. He suffered multiple cuts but managed to finished the stage.

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  • Kevin

    Healing vibes to you Jens!! Rest now, you’ve earned it…

  • lyn

    wishing jens voigt well !!!!!!!

  • Abby

    Terrible crash, poor fella. I could barely watch the descent was so thrilling – going up is a killer, but going down must be terrifying and takes some incredible skill.

  • TrevorS

    Gute Besserung Jens.

  • m wiesehan

    just wishing Jens a speedy recovery, he did a great job pulling up the hill, what strength. now use it to recover.

  • arron

    All the best Jens your a great rider with a great sense of humour, lucky it could have been a lot worse.

  • Joe Jokubaitis

    My first time really following the Tour De France this year. I never realized how dangerous this race was. These guys are as BAD-ASS as any other athletes. We in the states will watching for you Jens – GL.

  • Skee

    All the best wishes in the world to the rider they call “Beastie Boy,’ the most professional, hard-working, and selfless rider there is.
    Speedy recovery, Jens

  • Adam

    Looked horrible.
    Hope he recovers quickly and fully!

  • Gavin Wright

    Come on Guys! Report it accurately. It was the front wheel that went out from under the bike, may have come off the rim, very sudden loss of control, so he landed more or less face down and was trapped up in the bike frame so he didn’t roll. My thoughts are w Jens. Along w a billion others. Anyone that’s been to the Sausage Creature know…I’ve been there, and it’s the NO FUN Club.
    Hang in there Jens. Best wishes for a quick recov.

  • Mick Carter

    It was horrible to see Jens fall on todays descent, he is a top cyclist! Quick recovery Jens.
    Mick.

  • J Tomassetti

    Cycling will not be the same without Jens Voigt. I hope he recovers quickly and is back on the bike soon.

  • john

    My thoughts go out to Jens – he really is my hero.
    These guys are tough SOB’s.