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Green jersey Marcel Kittel abandons 2017 Tour de France after crash on Stage 17

Martin James
19 Jul 2017

Quick-Step Floors sprinter pulls out of the race after crashing early on difficult Tour mountain stage

Tour de France 2017 green jersey wearer Marcel Kittel has abandoned the race after a crash during Stage 17 between La Mure and Serre Chevalier.

Sprinter Kittel of Quick-Step Floors has won five stages of the Tour and is leading the points classification since back-to-back stage wins on Stages 6 and 7, although his lead in the competition has steadily diminished due to the impressive form of rival Team Sunweb sprinter Michael Matthews.

Kittel was involved in an early crash on the first climb of today's pivotal stage, the Col d'Ornon, which also saw polka dot jersey wearer Warren Barguil and Dimension Data's Steve Cummings come down.

Medical treatment

Kittel sustained injuries to his shoulder and had to change a shoe, and was seen receiving extensive treatment by the Tour's medical car before the base of the Col de la Croix de Fer, the first of three big climbs of the stage.

The German, who will reportedly switch to Katusha-Alpecin after the Tour, had built a commanding lead in the green jersey competition, but Matthews has won two stages in the past week and claimed several intermediate sprints, including today's sprint shortly after the Croix de Fer summit, and was lying just nine points behind Kittel when the German abandoned.

It's the second big loss for Quick-Step Floors in two days, after the withdrawal yesterday of Philippe Gilbert.