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Jumbo-Visma domestique Nathan Van Hooydonck abandoned the Tour de France, just two days from Paris.
Van Hooydonck was a key domestique for the squad, protecting Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard, while also setting the pace on the front of the bunch on the flats and uphills.
The 26-year-old’s surname will be familiar to older fans of the sport: his father Gino and uncle Edwig were both pro riders. Edwig Van Hooydonck won the Tour of Flanders in 1989 and 1991.
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This comes a day after his Dutch squad took their fifth stage win of the race, with a late attack from Christophe Laporte into Cahors.
It leaves the team of race leader Jonas Vingegaard with four remaining teammates. They were affected by a crash that took out Steven Kruijswijk on stage 15, while Primož Roglič was also a non-starter that day.
He was still suffering from injuries sustained on stage 5 to Arenberg, which included 11 cobblestone sectors.