HTC-Columbia’s Adam Hansen has withdrawn from the Tour de France following a crash in Sunday’s stage 1.
The Australian crashed early in the stage and told the team doctor that he thought he broke his collarbone.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” Hansen said in a team statement. “I was really looking forward to this tour and I’m upset now that they have to continue with only eight riders.
“It was one of those freak crashes. I briefly saw something on the road before I hit it and my bike skid across the field. Most riders managed to avoid me but at the last second I hit the back wheel of another rider and went down.”
Nevertheless, he continued and finished the stage, and worked hard at the front to help the team chase down a three-man breakaway.
“Adam displayed amazing loyalty to the team today by finishing the race and working extremely hard towards the end,” said team owner Bob Stapleton. “He is an extremely valuable rider and we will definitely miss him at this Tour de France.
Only minutes after Hansen’s crash, David Millar (Garmin-Transitions), and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) were among the victims in a crash caused when a dog ran onto the road.