It was a day of highs and lows for Trek Factory Racing.
Bob Jungels confirmed his spectacular start to the 2015 season by riding into a tie with race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) in Wednesday’s split-stage opening day, but Frank Schleck crashed out with a serious leg injury.
Schleck’s Ruta didn’t last long, and he hit the deck in the chaos of the morning sprint stage. The 34-year-old managed to finish the stage, but did not start the afternoon time trial.
Team officials confirmed they were still awaiting an official diagnosis as he was being examined by doctors at a local hospital.
UPDATE: After evaluation at the hospital it was determined that Frank Schleck sustained a deep muscular injury in his quadricep. Trek Factory Racing said it was premature to predict when he will be able to return to competition.
Jungels, meanwhile, rode into a virtual tie with Contador for the overall race lead. Their time difference came down to a fraction of a second in the 8.2km time trial. Plus, at Tour of Oman, Trek’s classics star, Fabian Cancellara, won stage 2 and jumped into the overall lead.
The 22-year-old Jungels won the Etoile Bessèges earlier this month in France.
Stage winner Javi Moreno (Movistar), Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Jerome Coppel (IAM) all finished ahead of Contador and Jungels, but all lost time in the same morning crash that took out Schleck.