Wout van Aert left the Tour de France after a fall in the time trial on Friday. The Belgian from Jumbo-Visma bumped into a fence and crashed into the asphalt.
The Belgian time trial champion seemed to cut the bend too short in the final phase of the time trial in Pau, after which he stuck with his handlebars in the fence and fell down unpleasantly. He trembled long after his fall and was immediately taken care of.
It is still unknown what kind of injuries Van Aert has sustained, but the first reports are that he has a serious flesh wound in his thigh.
The Belgian was fast on his way to a good final classification in the time trial. At the third time measurement he clocked the currently second time and only had to travel one kilometer.
The triple cyclocross world champion made his debut in the Tour and caused a sensation in the tenth stage. He also had a major contribution to the stage victories of Mike Teunissen and Dylan Groenewegen and the team time trial.
Van Aert is the first Jumbo-Visma rider to leave the Tour. He was regarded as an important pawn in the Groenewegen sprint train and should have also assisted leader Steven Kruijswijk in the mountain stages.
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