SAINT-GERVAIS, France (AFP) — Tom Dumoulin’s fantastic Tour de France ended in pain and disappointment on Friday as the Dutchman quit following a crash.
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The Giant – Alpecin leader injured his wrist, putting a question mark over his Olympics participation next month.
Having won two stages and finished second on Thursday’s uphill time trial, Dumoulin was enjoying a dream Tour, but it all went wrong 60km from the end of the 146km stage 19 in the Alps. The TT specialist was sitting comfortably in the peloton but got tangled in a crash on a slight downhill, injuring his wrist.
He was attended to by race medics and, visibly in pain, was forced to quit.
It comes at an awkward time, less than three weeks away from the Olympics time trial in Rio, in which he would be among the favorites.
Dumoulin’s team later confirmed that the 25-year-old had suffered a fractured radius in his left forearm.
“It’s a clean fracture and further examinations have shown no additional fracture of the wrist joint, which is good news,” team physician Stephan Jacolino said. “Tom will have further tests in the Netherlands to determine if surgery is required to stabilize the fracture and to make a treatment plan.”
The time trial star expressed worries about his Olympics prospects in the team’s statement. “It’s a huge setback. After the crash I instantly knew it was bad news. Luckily it is a clean fracture. As a precaution I have a cast, but I can’t ride a bike with it. If I need to keep this for two weeks, then my participation in Rio will be difficult.”