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Ben O'Connor will not start the tenth stage of the Tour de France this Tuesday. The Australian rider suffered a crash during the second stage of the Tour de France. rider suffered a muscle injury in his right gluteus medius. In agreement with the sports management and the medical management of the team, it was decided this Monday not to continue the race.


Ben O'Connor: "The pain doesn't keep me going"

[I've been fighting the injury and pain for days but yesterday (Sunday) it got worse. I was compensating on one side and as a result I was almost pedaling with one leg. The pain doesn't allow me to continue. I am of course disappointed. The Tour de France is the biggest race in the world. I prepared myself all year and I arrived with great objectives. It's hard to feel like you're sinking and not being able to reach your goal, just because of injury and bad luck. I will recover and then focus on the Vuelta a Espana, which was part of my original program, and where I hope to achieve the goals I set for myself in the Tour de France. On Sunday, I was crazy happy for Bob. He has been through such a difficult time. In the grupetto, I was suffering but when I heard he had won, I was smiling. I hope that I take all the bad luck that we have had with me and that the guys have a great finish to the Tour. They can do it. "[/su_quote]


Serge Niamke - team doctor

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"Since his crash, Ben has been in pain. The vibrations during the cobbled stage didn't help his recovery and his second crash on Saturday during stage eight made the pain even worse."[/su_quote]


Vincent Lavenu - general manager

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"Given Ben's physical condition, it was obvious that he should not start the next stage in order to preserve his physical integrity. We felt that he continued to race for the team over the last few days, driven by the desire not to let us down. The fact that we felt he had to stop and rebuild himself physically and morally was a relief for him. He will be able to face the second part of the season with peace of mind, with the Vuelta a Espana as his goal."[/su_quote]


The number: 35

The riders team from AG2R CITROËN did a 35 km ride with 600 meters of ascent around Morzine on Monday morning.


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