The first stage of the Tour de France was overshadowed by crashes. The heavy rain and the narrow peloton caused several injuries. Including German drivers.
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The 107th Tour de France is over after the first stage for the German professional cyclist John Degenkolb (Gera). The 31-year-old of Team Lotto-Soudal finished the 156 km long stage to and from Nice on Saturday fell and reached the goal outside the time limit.
“It’s terribly frustrating”
After the race, Degenkolb had to undergo an X-ray and left the mobile medical lab with large patches on his knees. “It doesn’t look good,” he said afterwards.
A moment later he was sure. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Today I lost everything,” Degenkolb wrote on social media: “It’s terribly frustrating. But that’s the brutal reality of cycling.”
Greipel sewn with four stitches
Degenkolb was mainly planned as a sprint aid for the Australian Caleb Ewan. Roger Kluge (Eisenhüttenstadt) still works for the Belgian Lotto-Soudal team in France. After Degenkolbs Aus, there are still eleven German drivers in the race.
Sprinter Andre Greipel (Rostock) and all-rounder Nils Politt (Cologne) can continue to compete for the Israel Start-up Nation team despite their crashes. Greipel was sewn with four stitches on the leg. Politt removed wounds on his back. Both professional riders were spared breaks.