BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France, July 17, 2014 (AFP) – American Andrew Talansky
quit the Tour de France before Thursday’s 12th stage due to the cumulative
effects of several crashes, his Garmin-Sharp team said.
Talansky crashed heavily on Friday’s seventh stage before also coming off
his bike the next day.
The 25-year-old had suffered badly on Monday’s tough mountainous stage in
which he lost 10 minutes and saw his overall hopes go up in smoke.
But following Tuesday’s rest day, the Criterium du Dauphine winner woke up
with a bad back and suffered terribly on Wednesday’s 11th stage, coming home
alone and more than 32 minutes behind winner Tony Gallopin.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken to leave the Tour de France. I built my season
around the Tour,” said Talansky in a team statement.
“I had hoped the rest day would allow some time to recover from my crashes.
I was hopeful that I could get through yesterday (Wednesday)… but it proved
to be too much.”
Talansky was visibly in trouble from early on in Wednesday’s 187.5km run
from Besancon to Oyonnax and even at one point climbed off his bike, seemingly
But he continued with tears running down his cheeks and fought on for more
than 100km totally alone to beat the cut-off time limit.
“Andrew came in to this Tour in excellent condition. He has been suffering
the effects of some very heavy crashes,” said Garmin.
“We are proud of his ride yesterday, of his tenacity and his courage. He
was determined to finish the stage, no matter how far back he was.”
Garmin added: “That’s the heart of a champion. We are sad to see him leave,
but it’s important that he goes home, rests, recovers, and refocuses on the
rest of his season.”
Talansky had been suffering from severe pain in his lower back and hip
since his crash on stage seven.