Tour-off for Degenkolb and former world champion Gilbert

Nice (dpa) – In addition to classic specialist John Degenkolb, the Tour de France is also over for his teammate and ex-world champion Philippe Gilbert. The Belgian suffered a broken kneecap in the first stage, the Lotto Soudal racing team announced last night.

Degenkolb’s right knee was seriously swollen, but a fracture was excluded. The resident of Thuringia finished the stage with great pain, but remained outside the time limit.

“I am deeply disappointed that I left the tour this way. After such preparation you don’t want to go home right away. I tried, but the pain was too great,” said Degenkolb, adding: “Sometimes you win. , sometimes you lose. ”He will regenerate now. It’s too early to say how long it will be out. “There are a few more races this year. You have to be ready.”

On Saturday, there were numerous crashes on the wet road. The first rain in the Nice region after many weeks made the track extremely slippery. In the meantime, the drivers – led by four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin – had neutralized the race themselves. French co-favorite Thibaut Pinot was also one of the victims of the falls, who, in addition to skin abrasions, also sustained injuries to his knee and right shoulder.

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