Danish rider, fifth on GC, to battle on in stage 12

Jakob Fuglsang has been diagnosed with fractures to his elbow and wrist after a crash on stage 11 of the Tour de France.

The Astana rider, who sits fifth in the general classification, crashed in the feedzone roughly midway through Wednesday’s 203.5km stage, coming down at low speed with team-mate Dario Cataldo.

Cataldo abandoned the race with a broken scaphoid bone his wrist as well as a number of abrasions to the left side of his body, while Fuglsang continued to ride to the finish.

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“Jakob Fuglsang was diagnosed with two very small fractures,” an Astana statement read. “In the left scaphoid and in the head of the radius of the left elbow. Despite these injures, tomorrow [Thursday] Jakob is going to start at stage 12 of the Tour de France.”

Thursday will see the riders cover 214.5km from Pau to a summit finish at Peyragudes, including a number of major climbs in the Pyrénées.

Astana will hope that the Danish winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné is able to continue in the race, giving them a well-placed GC rider to use in support of Fabio Aru, who currently sits second overall just 18 seconds behind Chris Froome.