SAINT-LARY, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) – Australian champion Simon Gerrans
did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Orica GreenEDGE rider had been suffering since crashing on
the first stage more than two weeks ago.
“Obviously it’s disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make
it to Paris,” said the winner of April’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
“But with the injuries I have from stage one I think the best decision is
actually to stop now and completely recover.
“I know I haven’t been 100 percent right since my crash but I was hoping to
improve throughout the race. That hasn’t really been the case so I have been
putting on a brave face and doing what I can each day.”
Gerrans wore the Tour leader’s yellow jersey for two days last year after
Orica won the team time-trial.
He had also won the third stage before that, but he has been unable to
truly challenge for a stage win this time around.