“It is normal that there are a lot of crashes in the first days of the Tour. There is a lot of stress, all the runners are very fresh and there is a real battle to be in the lead. My teammates did a good job. to protect me, to keep me out of trouble, and that’s the key on a stage like this, ”said the Colombian.
Sivakov – who is expected to be one of Bernal’s key lieutenants in the mountains this year, despite being Russia’s first Tour de France – crashed twice and limped home in a small group more than 13 minutes behind stage winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates).
“I couldn’t expect a worse start for my first Tour de France: two big crashes in a row,” he said on social media. “I hit my hips and knees pretty badly but I’m still in the mix and fighting for our road to yellow with the Ineos Grenadiers. ”
The team said Cycling Saturday night, Sivakov didn’t need stitches but has a lot of abrasions. As it stands, it seems likely that the 23-year-old will start the second leg in Nice on Sunday.
I couldn’t have expected a worse start for my first @LeTour, 2 big crashes in a row! Hit my hips and knees pretty badly but still in the mix and in the fight for our road to yellow with the @INEOSGrenadiers! August 29, 2020