Nantes – Slovenia’s rider Primož Roglič has been forced to pull out of the Tour de France for a second year in a row due to injuries sustained in a crash in the chaotic 5th stage on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles.
Ahead of the 15th stage on Sunday, Roglič’s team Jumbo-Visma announced the 31-year-old was quitting the race to be able to recover from his injuries.
Roglič had a bad crash when he hit a hay bale that appeared to have been moved onto the road by a race motorbike in stage 5. He dislocated his shoulder, put it back in himself and continued the race but lost over two minutes overall to his key rivals.
Roglič then moved into a support role and kept riding despite his pains. Ahead of today’s stage he was 21st overall, with a gap of 33 minutes and 39 seconds behind his teammate Jonas Vingegaard, who took the yellow jersey from the defending Slovenian champion Tadej Pogačar in stage 11.
“I’m proud of my contribution to the current standings and I trust that the team will realise our yellow and green ambitions. Thanks to everybody for your great support,” Roglič said in a brief message on pulling out.