Keep up to date with who has withdrawn from this year's Vuelta a España
We’re now more than halfway through 2017 Vuelta a España, with a number of riders having abandoned so far.
Taking place on a technical course around the streets of Nîmes, stage one’s team time trial saw David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Fooors) and Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) crash while training on the course in the morning.
There were then a number of crashes during the race itself, including one that took down two riders – Antwan Tolhoek and Floris De Tier from LottoNL-Jumbo. However despite the crashes, all teams made it to the end of the day with their full compliment of riders.
Stage two saw the riders abandon the race with Anass Ait el Abdia (UAE Team Emirates) and Javier Moreno (Bahrain-Merida) going down in the same crash with around 60km to go on the road to Gruisson, while Michael Kolar (Bora-Hansgrohe) was forced to abandon with stomach problems.
The third stage to Andorra la Vella saw no abandonments out on the course, but two riders were unable to take to the start. Marc Fournier (FDJ) had been brought down in the same crash as Ait el Abdia and Moreno and decided not to start, while Ben King (Dimension Data) pulled out due to illness.
More crashes over the subsequent stages forced a number of other riders to withdraw, while Warren Barguil was withdrawn from the race by his team after failing to stop when Team Sunweb leader suffered a puncture on stage eight.
The team most badly hit by injuries is Dimension Data, who are down to just four riders after Serge Pauwels didn’t start stage 12 while suffering from illness, with Jorge Arcas (Movistar) and Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb) also abandoning through illness.
Team Sunweb lost another rider through illness on stage 14, as Sam Oomen, sitting 13th overall, was forced to pull out of his first Grand Tour. Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale) also abandoned on the tough stage to Sierra de la Pandera, while the following day to Sierra Nevada claimed Jimmy Turgis (Cofidis) and Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), both of whom were suffering from injuries sustained in crashes earlier in the week.
The second rest day saw BMC Racing lose two riders as Rohan Dennis and Kilian Frankiny pulled out of the race on the advice of the team doctor, Dennis through illness and Frankiny after crashing on stage 15.
The race began on August 19 in Nîmes with 198 riders consisting of 22 teams of nine riders each.
Second rest day abandonments
Stage 15 abandonments
Ruben Fernandez (Movistar) – injury from crash
Jimmy Turgis (Cofidis) – injury from crash
Stage 14 abandonments
Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale) – illness
Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) – illness
Stage 12 abandonments
Jorge Arcas (Movistar) – illness
Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb) – illness
Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) – illness
Stage 11 abandonments
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) – crash
Stage nine abandonments
Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) – crash
Johan Le Bon (FDJ) – crash
Stage eight abandonments
Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) – withdrawn by team
Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe) – illness
Sven Erik Bystrøm (Katusha-Alpecin) – crash
Jesper Hansen (Astana) – crash
Stage seven abandonments
Jonas Van Genechten (Cofidis) – crash
Larry Warsbasse (Aqua Blue) – crash
Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) – crash
Carlos Bentacur (Movistar) – injuries-sustained from a crash
Stage six abandonments
Nicolas Dougall (Dimension Data) – illness
José Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) – withdrawal
Stage five abandonments
Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data) – illness
John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) – DNS
Stage three abandonments
Marc Fournier (FDJ) – crash
Ben King (Dimension Data) – illness
Stage two abandonments
Anass Ait el Abdia (UAE Team Emirates) – fractured collarbone
Micael Kolar (Bora-Hansgrohe) – illness
Javier Moreno (Bahrain-Merida) – crash