Published on : 11/09/2020 – 22:36Modified : 11/09/2020 – 22:58
French rider Romain Bardet, who suffered a concussion after his fall, abandoned the Tour de France on Friday, the evening of the 13th stage. His retirement is the first of his career in the Tour de France, in which he has participated every year since 2013.
Romain Bardet, who suffers from a concussion after his fall, must abandon the Tour de France on the evening of the 13e step, we learned from his team, AG2R La Mondiale.
The French runner took exams at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital after the finish of the race at Puy Mary (Cantal) on Friday 11 September. He occupied the 11e ranking place.
“The fall was violent, downhill, and I struggled all day,” said Romain Bardet. “The medical exams confirmed what I was expecting and I am unable to continue the race.”
First retirement of his career
Second in the Tour in 2016 and third in 2017, Romain Bardet was the best French chance for the general classification after the fall of Thibaut Pinot from the first stage in Nice. This is the first time that the climber has abandoned in the Tour de France, in which he has participated every year since his first participation in 2013.
Winner of several mountain stages in previous years, he brought back the polka-dot jersey for the best climber last year on the Champs-Élysées. “Romain had a brain scan which did not reveal any lesion,” said Dr Éric Bouvat, doctor of the French team. “However, it is necessary that he stops his sports activities. His date of resumption of competition will be defined according to the evolution.”
Coincidentally, Romain Bardet lost all his chances in the stage which was the most dear to his heart, on his Auvergne lands.
The start was given in Châtel-Guyon, in the Puy-de-Dôme, near his place of residence in the vicinity of Clermont-Ferrand. The arrival was judged at Puy Mary which he described Friday morning as “a great spot”, “one of my favorite places”. At the start of the race, he crossed on the side of the road swe marry Amandine and her first child Angus, born during confinement.
Romain Bardet fell to 100e kilometer of the route of this 191.5 kilometer stage, at the same time as the Dutchman Bauke Mollema, soon forced to retire (fractured left wrist), and other riders including the Colombian Nairo Quintana. Stunned, his right hip raw, he got back on the bike to take his place in the peloton and finish the stage.
A drop to 65 km / h
If he was left behind on the ramps of the last two climbs, the Frenchman managed to limit the loss of time in the general classification, falling from fourth to eleventh place, three minutes from the wearer of the yellow jersey, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.
The fall occurred in a wide downhill curve, at a speed of 65 km / h according to the details he gave on arrival. “At this speed, it is not a harmless fall”, had reacted in the race his sports director, Julien Jurdie.
“It couldn’t have been worse today,” said the rider after the finish. “I stumbled and I hit my head. I had trouble finding my senses immediately. I have great pain in my right leg. I lost all my feelings in my fall, j was cursed today. “
The runner’s 8th Tour de France, his last under the colors of the AG2R La Mondiale team for which he has been racing since his debut, therefore ended prematurely. Next year, the native of Brioude (Haute-Loire) will run for the German team Sunweb.