Broken bones for Formolo and Bewley
Surprising given the series of accidents which hit the peloton during the 10th stage, only two riders left the race on Tuesday evening.
12 riders visited the X-Rays medical truck after the stage, with Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) and Sam Bewley (Mitchelton-Scott) suffering from broken bones in the middle of their Tour debut.
Formolo, who finished the day 164th out of 164 finishers, was in a mass accident 65 km from the finish, fracturing his collarbone after hitting the bridge. He will be operated on in the next two days and is expected to miss more than a month of action.
“Davide has a slightly displaced mid-shaft clavicle fracture,” said team physician Jeroen Swart. “He will have surgery in the next 48 hours and hopefully will be back racing in 5-6 weeks. ”
Bewley, meanwhile, crashed 30 km earlier, fracturing his wrist. He was unable to continue and left the race shortly after.
Rock looking for lost bracelet after accident
Nicolas Roche suffered a severe fall on the 10th stage of the Tour de France about 70 km from the 168 km stage to Ile de Ré and it seemed for a while that the Irishman could not get up. . But after being helped up and having had a few moments to recover, the Sunweb rider got back on his bike and returned to the peloton, eventually finishing in a group of pursuers nearly 11 minutes behind the stage winner. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep).
But he had left something precious behind: a bracelet. Roche appealed on Twitter to anyone who could find the lost jewel that has sentimental value.
Based on previous images from Roche, he wears a thin leather bracelet with gold beads on his right wrist.
The site of the accident was near the junction of the D72 and D131 near La Prée. Roche fell on the south side of the road just before an emblem of the Charente Maritime department painted on the tarmac.
Not really what I had in mind, in fact I lost a very valuable 75 kilometer bracelet in the accident if anyone thinks that would be great! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/YWyMFaH9G3 September 8, 2020
Küng avoids breakaway stress with Schär
Stefan Küng won the prize for the most aggressive driver of the Tour de France on Tuesday even though his escape with his Swiss compatriot Michael Schär only lasted half of the stage, but the Groupama-FDJ driver was happy to leave. a very nervous peloton even if it was for less. more than two hours.
“Initially, I didn’t really intend to go into the attack today,” Küng said, “but Michael Schär wrote me a text and asked me, ‘What- what do you think? Should we try “? A day like today was supposed to be very nervous. We didn’t have a runner for the GC, nor a sprinter, so I was like “why not, it’s going to be a less stressful day if you’re in front than if you’re in the peloton”. ”
The leader of Groupama-FDJ in the general classification, Thibaut Pinot, experienced a terrible passage in the Pyrenees after injuring his back in a fall during the first stage and lost even more time during the stage on Tuesday to Île de Ré during a tense racing day with the threat of cross winds and imminent collisions on a route littered with roundabouts and narrow roads.
The peloton, fearing that things would get out of hand, kept the two Swiss within two minutes and pushed them back with more than 90 km to run. “They didn’t really want to give us a lot of room, and as soon as it got really nervous, they came back immediately,” Küng said.
“We saw straight away that the sprinters were in charge and that there was nothing to hope for,” said DS team Thierry Bricaud. “You can’t risk letting these two riders take a real gap or you can have a lot of problems. Sprinters don’t have a lot of chances either and when there is a real one like today, they don’t want to. to let go. ”
“We obviously approached this stage more calmly than usual, because there was no real stake for us. However, when there is no stake, you can subconsciously be less focused, less attentive, and foolishly caught up in crashes. many of them today. Matthew [Ladagnous] himself fell, but luckily without consequences. The others went through it, and that’s the most important. As will be the case tomorrow, the goal was not to take any risks since we had nothing to gain. We just had to remain cautious, ”concluded Bricaud.
Skujins fights despite rashes on both sides
Trek-Segafredo rider Toms Skujinš was another rider in Tuesday’s wars, crashing off-screen in the first half of the stage. The former Latvian champion was then seen at the medical car with his shorts torn on both sides and a rash on his left side.
In a video posted to social media by his team, Skujinš provided an update on his condition while receiving his post-internship massage, saying he should be able to start step 11.
“I actually feel good. The only thing that worries me is my knee because I hit it pretty badly. But I finished the step so I hope it’s not so painful that I can’t start tomorrow.
“Lots of rashes, mostly on my left side, but just a tiny bit on my butt cheek on my right side. Sleeping shouldn’t be a problem, actually. I can sleep on both sides, so now I will be sleeping mostly on my right side. ”
It’s great to see @Tomashuuns joking and still smiling despite a heavy crash during today’s stage # TDF2020. Get well quickly! pic.twitter.com/EyvGqukwypSeptember 8, 2020