TInjuries from an accident-filled opening week at the Tour de France It took its toll on Sunday when last year’s runner-up Primoz Roglic retired before stage nine.
Rogblic crashed badly during Monday’s third stage in western Brittany and has been fighting ever since. The Jumbo-Visma team said the Slovenian rider would focus on New goals.
“We made the decision all together with the team, it makes no sense to continue”, Roglic said.
Roglic performed well in Friday’s time trial, but suffered on the 151-kilometer (94-mile) route from Oyonnax to Le Grand-Bornand on Saturday, when he was defending champion. Tadej Pogacar took control of the race. Roglic was already almost 40 minutes behind his compatriot before Sunday’s stage.
Roglic said he surprised himself in the time trial, but doubts returned on Saturday’s first mountain stage when he was in a lot of pain.
“It’s too much for my body right now and yes, I can’t race,” said the 31-year-old. “I’m disappointed. I didn’t plan for it to be the way it is, but in the end, I have to accept it.”
Sunday is the second day in the Alps, with a grueling 144.9 kilometer (90 mile) route that includes the formidable Col du Pr and Col des Saisies.
Van der Poel leaves the Tour de France 2021
Mathieu van der Poel leaves the Tour de France to focus on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
The Dutch rider from Alpecin-Fenix was satisfied with his performance in the Tour de France for this season’s edition, having won a stage and kept the yellow jersey for six days, but has now decided to leave the Tour.