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Bevin abandons Tour de France due to broken ribs

George Smith
11 Jul 2019

Kiwi forced to pull out with two broken ribs to become the first casualty of the 2019 Tour

New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin has become the first rider forced to abandon this year's Tour de France after scans revealed his crash during Stage 4 on Tuesday left him with two broken ribs.

The CCC rider, who crashed with 100km to go, went on to finish Stage 4 and yesterday's Stage 5, but was subsequently instructed by his medical staff to abandon when the extent of his injuries became clear.

'We gave it a night to see how it was but you take the advice of the medical team and that advice was to stop racing,' Bevin said after the decision was made.

Max Testa, the CCC Team doctor, added, 'As is often the case with rib fractures, the pain increases in the second and third day following the crash and, although Patrick wanted to try and race on stage six, this morning we collectively made the decision that he should stop racing in order to recover well and focus on his goals in the second part of the season.'

It is the second successive year that Bevin has been seriously injured at the Tour. In 2018 the then Cannondale-Drapac rider, who was making his Tour de France debut, completed the entire race with a broken foot after sustaining the injury in a fall on the opening stage.

The Kiwi rider was hoping to become the first rider from New Zealand to win an individual stage at the Tour de France. Countrymen George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) and Tom Scully (EF-Drapac) will be in the peloton for today's Stage 6, the first serious test of particularly Bennett's GC hopes, with the stage finishing on the first category summit of Planche des Belles Filles.