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Vincenzo Nibali out of 2018 Tour de France due to crash on Alpe d'Huez

Jack Elton-Walters
19 Jul 2018

Vincenzo Nibali the latest key rider to abandon the 2018 Tour de France as a result of an injury

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is the latest rider to withdraw from the 2018 Tour de France after a scan confirmed he suffered a broken vertebra after a crash on Stage 12's summit finish. The rider was able to attack on the early slopes of Alpe d'Huez, but was caught up in a crash around 4km from the summit.

The Italian rider was able to remount his bike and by the summit only lost 13 seconds to stage winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) but was in clear discomfort.

The large crowds on the famous mountain left just a narrow channel for the race motos and riders to squeeze through, and while chasing the attacks of Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Chris Froome (Team Sky), Nibali hit the ground reportedly as the result of a collision with a motorcycle.

In some fan footage from the incident, however, the motocycle looks to be clear of the rider and a roadside spectator could be the reason for his fall.

Earlier in the stage, sprinters Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) had all already climbed off and called time on their races.

They joined Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw, who both missed the time cut the day before, along with Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin).

With so many sprinters suffering in the mountains, the final day sprint on the Champs-Elysees could be anyone's. That anyone will probably be the green jersey of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), but the way things are going we could see Thomas leading out Froome for the sprint win.