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Wout van Aert abandons Tour de France after horrendous crash

Joe Robinson
19 Jul 2019

Belgian champion collides with barrier and left roadside in visible pain on individual time trial

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert was forced to abandon the 2019 Tour de France after a terrible crash in the Stage 13 time-trial. The Belgian champion was riding into the final kilometre of the ITT when he took a sweeping bend and appeared to get caught on the barrier.

Van Aert was suddenly taken from his bike as his right leg appeared to stay in contact with the protruding railings that lined the road. The crash was severe enough to have torn the rider's shorts from his body, too. 

The 24-year-old landed very heavily and was immediately in visible pain as his team car stopped to offer medical assistance.

After a few minutes, television pictures showed the rider being attended to on the roadside by the race's medical team. Race organisers then reported that the rider was transferred into an ambulance and was transported to hospital.

It was reported that Van Aer had not sustained any broken bones but had undergone surgery for a significant cut to his right thigh. 

It signalled an end to Van Aert's Tour de France debut after 13 days in which he managed to take a first stage victory on Stage 10 to Albi and help guide his Jumbo-Visma team to a further three wins.