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Van Garderen left battered and bruised after early crash

George Smith
12 Jul 2019

Team Education First rider hits the deck hard after crash in the bunch on Stage 7

Fresh from finishing eight minutes down on yesterday's first mountain stage, Tejay van Garderen (Education First) will have to complete the longest stage of this year’s Tour de France today with a ripped jersey and a nasty cut below his eye after falling face first just 7km into the stage following a touch of wheels near a road partition.

The American managed to get back on his bike quickly but was in visible discomfort as he rode off. With the incident happening so early in the day, Van Garderen was able to rejoin the peloton after briefly speaking with the doctor’s car.

Others involved in the crash, including former yellow jersey Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), seem to have escaped without any serious damage.

The crash will be all the more frustrating for Team Education First given that today’s flat stage had all the hallmarks of a drama-free day for the peloton, as they look to build a comfortable foundation for general classification hopeful Rigoberto Uran.

The Colombian sits 10th overall after passing the first mountain test on yesterday’s Les Planches Des Belles Filles, finishing 2'02" down on stage winner Dylan Teuns but just 18 seconds behind Gerain Thomas (Team Ineos), the best placed GC rider.

Van Garderen was dropped early on the Belles Filles, and trailed in exactly 8 minutes after Teuns back in 39th place.