Keep up to date with who has withdrawn from this year's Tour de France

With three weeks of racing and thousands of kilometres to cover, sporting events don’t come tougher than the Tour de France.

Last year’s race was notable for its lack of early withdrawals – all 198 starters made it to the start of stage eight – but a rainy Grand Départ in Düsseldorf, Germany, and numerous crashes made for a very different start to the 2017 Tour.

The most publicised withdrawals so far have been those of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). The two riders clashed in the final sprint on stage four, with Cavendish crashing heavily and Sagan being disqualified by the race jury for ‘endangering’ other riders.

The wet conditions on the opening couple of stages in Germany claimed Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who suffered a broken kneecap in a high-speed crash on a left-hand bend on the opening time trial.

A key domestique for Nairo Quintana, the 37-year-old was even considered by some experts as an outside bet for the yellow jersey. But his hopes for the race were dashed in an instant when he came down, slid across the tarmac and hit a roadside barrier. He retired from the race immediately and looks set to miss the rest of the 2017 season.

Fellow Spaniard Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) crashed on the same bend as Valverde and also retired from the race, suffering a fracture to his lower back.

Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott), who finished stage one despite crashing on the time trial, retired early in stage two. After his crash, the Australian’s team said they believed he had sustained ligament damage to his ankle and was cleared to start the following day – but was fairly swiftly forced to leave the race.

Stage nine saw another two huge names exit the Tour de France in Richie Porte (BMC) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). The pair both crashed on slick descents with Porte leaving the race in an ambulance and Thomas having fractured his collarbone.

Green jersey contender Arnaud Démare (FDJ) had been struggling with illness for a few days which finally caught up with him as he missed the time cut on stage nine along with team mates Jacopo Guarnieri, Ignatas Konovalovas and Mickaël Delage who were all sent back to help Démare.

Robert Gesink and Jos Van Emden both withdrew from the race for LottoNL-Jumbo while Manuele Mori called it quits too. Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data), Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) and Juraj Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) were all cut from the race after missing the time limit.

On the first rest day, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) withdrew from the race having suffered on stage nine. The Polish rider was involved in the same crash that brought Thomas down but managed to get home within the time limit thanks compatriot Michal Kwiatkowski helping him across the line.

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) finally succumbed to the fractured wrist and elbow that he sustained on stage nine, and withdrew during stage 13. Also abandoning on stage 13, Arthur Vichot left the race due to illness, leaving just four FDJ riders.

Stage 16 saw Philippe Gilbert call it a day after Quick-Step Floors confirmed the rider was suffering from viral gastroenteritis and wouldn’t start the race on stage 16 after the second rest day.

George Bennett withdrew from the race halfway through stage 16 after suffering from illness. The New Zealand rider had battled with sickness over the rest day but after the race started to pick up speed Bennett found it too much and called it a day.

Quick-Step Floors suffered another blow when Marcel Kittel abandoned the race after crashing in the opening 20km of stage 17. Although he remounted and continued, he later climbed off. Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal) was a non-starter on stage 17, and Dan McLay (Fortuneo) and Thibuat Pinot (FDJ) also abandoned, the latter leaving just three members in the depleted FDJ squad.

The race began on July 1 in Düsseldorf with 198 riders consisting of 22 teams of nine riders each.

Stage 18 abandonments

None

Stage 17 abandonments

Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal) – DNS
Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) – Injuries from crash earlier in stage
Daniel McLay (Fortuneo-Oscaro) – Illness
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) – Illness

Stage 16 abandonments

George Bennett (Team Lotto NLJumbo) – Illness
Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) – DNS – Viral gastroenteritis

Stage 15 abandonments

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) – Allergy problems

Stage 14 abandonments

Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) – Illness

Stage 13 abandonments

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) – Injuries from stage nine crash
Arthur Vichot (FDJ) – Illness

Stage 12 abandonments

None

Stage 11 abandonments

Dario Cataldo (Astana) – Crashed

Stage 10 abandonments

None

First rest day abandonments

Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) – Injuries suffered from a crash

Stage nine abandonments

Richie Porte (BMC) – Fractured collarbone and pelvis
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) – Fractured collarbone
Robert Gesink (Lotto NLJumbo) – Crashed
Jos Van Emden (Lotto NLJumbo) – Illness
Manuele Mori (UAE Team Emirates)
Arnaud Démare (FDJ) – Outside of time limit
Jacopo Guarnieri (FDJ) – OTL
Ignatas Konovalovas (FDJ) – OTL
Mickaël Delage (FDJ) – OTL
Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) – OTL
Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) – OTL
Juraj Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) – OTL

Stage eight abandonments

None

Stage seven abandonments

None

Stage six abandonments

None

Stage five abandonments

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) – DNS, fractured shoulder blade

Stage four abandonments

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) – Disqualified from race

Stage three abandonments

None

Stage two abandonments

Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) – Ankle ligament damage

Stage one abandonments

Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) – Fracture to lower back
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) – Broken knee cap, broken ankle

This page will be updated as the race progresses