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Jakob Fuglsang fractures elbow and wrist but vows to continue in the Tour de France

Joseph Delves
13 Jul 2017

Astana rider remains fifth overall despite crash on Stage 11 but Cataldo forced to abandon

Astana rider Jakob Fuglsang, currently fifth overall in the 2017 Tour de France, has started today's 12th stage despite a crash yesterday that left him with fractures to his elbow and wrist.

The Dane crashed halfway through yesterday’s flat stage into Pau, which was won by Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors). The low-speed crash, which also involved teammate Dario Cataldo, came as the riders were passing through the feed zone in the second half of Stage 11.

Cataldo immediately abandoned the race with a broken wrist, but Fuglsang decided to continue to the finish.

'Cataldo was forced to quit the race and after the crash he was immediately moved to the hospital in the city of Pau,' the team explained in a statement released yesterday evening.

'Fuglsang was able to continue and finished in the main group. Right after the finish he was sent to the hospital as well for detailed medical checking.'

'[Fuglsang] was diagnosed with two very small fractures, in the left scaphoid and in the head of the radius of the left elbow. Despite these injures Jakob is going to start stage 12 of the Tour de France.'

Astana weakened

The crash significantly weakens Astana leader Fabio Aru's hand going into the today's first Pyrenean stage as the Italian looks to overturn an 18-second deficit to race leader Chris Froome of Team Sky.

Cataldo was expected to play a key supporting role in the mountains, while Fuglsang's high overall position gives the team two focal points in their bid for a high place overall in Paris. It remains to be seen how the Dane's injuries affect his ability to remain in the frame over the next couple of stages.

Like Astana, Team Sky have also suffered from injuries, with Froome already having lost the services of Geraint Thomas, who crashed out on Stage 9.

Today the Tour de France is back in the mountains with a 214km stage from Pau to Peyragudes, with three first category climbs on the menu.

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