Nairo leaves with knee problems due to the accident

The Colombian withdrew from Dauphiné when he lost more than 5 minutes after two ascents. Sivakov suffered a severe fall and Landa had cramps.


With the Tour de France just around the corner (starting August 29), any misfortune can leave riders in dry dock. The last days have been especially bumpy, and riders of the level of Bernal, Evenepoel, Roglic, Quintana, Kruijswijk or Buchmann have withdrawn from their respective races.

Fortunately, not everyone has serious injuries like Evenepoel does. Emanuel Buchmann, who retired from the Dauphiné due to a fall when he was third overall, announced on his Instagram account that his plans to go to the Tour continue. "Small update after my crash yesterday: nothing is broken, just a big, painful bruise on my back. It shouldn't be a problem to be on the Tour in two weeks," the German posted

Another rider involved in the controversial descent that put Buchmann out of the race was Steven Kruijswijk, third in the last Tour de France and a vital man in the structure of the Jumbo-Visma. The Dutchman was worse off, and his team announced that he was leaving the race with a dislocated shoulder. This Sunday, Kruijswijk himself reported on his condition. "The next few days will show how things are. We have to wait and see what the specialists say and how I feel about the bike. Next week I will decide if I can be on the Tour," said Kruijswijk, who leaves his participation in the air. the gala round.

And it should be noted that the fifth and final stage of this Dauphiné also claimed several victims. Nairo Quintana, another of the big favorites for the Grande Boucle, withdrew from the race when he lost more than five minutes with the main group after the first two passes. The discomfort in the knee caused by the accident he suffered several weeks ago were to blame: "My legs were fine, but I felt a strong pain in my knee, when I was injured when I got caught in training at the beginning of July. I preferred to resign in this stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné with the prospect of the Tour de France ".

For his part, Pavel Sivakov, the Ineos gregarious who had shown better sensations on the mountain during this Dauphiné, suffered a hard fall in the middle of the descent that left large abrasions on his shoulder and left side. He was able to finish the stage among the best, so it will surely be sheet metal and paint and he will have plenty of time to recover before the gala show. The endless list of setbacks is completed by Mikel Landa, who in this Sunday's stage was discarded from the general standings at the first change due to strong cramps. The greats of the Tour will arrive between cotton wool. And doubts ...

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