Bardet leaves Tour after suffering a concussion

The Frenchman from AG2R La Mondiale suffered a fall during the 13th stage and despite reaching the finish line he had to go through the hospital. A scan was carried out that ruled out injuries but they will prevent him from starting this Saturday.


French cyclist Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) will not start the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France after suffering a concussion from a fall on Friday that forced him to go through the hospital, his team has confirmed.

Bardet was eleventh in the general classification, three minutes behind the leader, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma). "Romain suffers a concussion, and the intensity and signs that he presented after the stage forced our medical team to give him a brain scan at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital," said the medical director of the AG2R La Mondiale team, Eric Bouvat.

"This examination did not reveal any injuries. However, Romain Bardet will have to interrupt his sporting activities and, therefore, will not be able to be at the start of the stage tomorrow. His return date will depend on his evolution," he added.

The fall in the peloton occurred when they tried to reduce distances with the escapees, in a hitch with several cyclists involved, including Nairo Quintana, Bauke Mollema -who also had to retire- or Bardet himself.

"This stage on my roads was the complete opposite of what I expected. The fall was severe, downhill and I struggled all day. The medical tests confirmed what I suspected and I cannot continue in the race. I know that my teammates will give what his best to finish the Tour de France with good performances ", explained Bardet.

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