Ouch! Rider of the Tour de France

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CHAMPAGNOLE, France (AP) – After covering nearly 3,200 kilometers (nearly 2,000 miles), over four mountain ranges, Tour de France rider Lukas Pöstlberger was forced by a bee sting in his mouth to give up Friday with the arrival in Paris just two days away. . The Austrian rider, who dedicated his Tour to helping team manager Peter Sagan in his quest for the green race jersey, suffered from an allergic reaction to the sting. He was rushed to hospital but recovered quickly and “is already feeling better,” his team Bora-Hansgrohe said.

“Our team doc got it just over the phone and we can confirm that no one has to worry anymore. But thanks for all our support! Said the team.

The Tour was only minutes away from the 166-kilometer (103-mile) stage 19, from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole in eastern France, when the bug struck. Bora said it was a bee. Race organizers said it was a wasp.

His retirement left the Tour with 146 riders, 30 less than when he started nearly three weeks ago. It also dealt Sagan a hard blow in his fight against Irish rider Sam Bennett for the green jersey.

It is awarded to the riders who aspire the most points in the sprints during and at the end of the stages. Bennett wants to keep the jersey all the way to Paris, while Sagan wants to win it at the finish for an eighth time. The Slovakian rider led Bennett by 52 points at the start of Friday’s stage.

Pöstlberger, 28, was making his third Tour. He also retired last year, on the 18th stage.

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