Tour de France: Ben O’Connor will not take the start

Ben O’Connor will not start the tenth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. The victim of a crash in the second stage, the Australian rider suffered from a muscular lesion of the right gluteus medius. In agreement with the sports management and the medical management of the team, it was decided on Monday not to continue the race.


Ben O’Connor

« I have been fighting this glute injury for a couple of days, but it got even worse yesterday. So…I think it was the stage to Lausanne. I pulled my glute muscle so I am more or less riding with one leg. These very chronic sharp pains that I get make it pretty impossible for me to continue the race. I’m obviously upset. It’s the Tour de France, it’s the biggest race of the year. It’s the race that we all aim for, it’s the one that we prepare all year, and we clearly came here with big objectives. Our heads turn pretty quickly to La Vuelta. I mean it was always on my calendar and I hope there I can fulfill the role that I dreamt of here at the Tour de France, but actually this time in La Vuelta. On Sunday, I was so happy for Bob. It was complicated for me. But to see him win after so many problems going on for him, it was absolutely beautiful. It really put a massive smile on my face. When I was back in the grupetto with Oli, we were just shocked and happy. I hope I have taken all the bad luck with me, and they can fight and bring some more success because we have such a good crew here. »


Serge Niamke – doctor of the team

« Since his crash, Ben has suffered. The vibrations during the cobblestone stage did not facilitate his recovery and his second crash on Saturday during the eighth stage further aggravated the pain. »


Vincent Lavenu – manageur général

« 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 has been chasing the last few days for the team, driven by the desire not to disappoint us. The fact that we felt that he should stop and rebuild himself physically and mentally, relieved him. He will be able to approach the second part of the season calmly with the Vuelta a Espana as his objective. »


The number: 35

Our team rode 35 km and 600 m D+ around Morzine this monday morning.


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