'I was looking down at my bike and I crashed into the back of a team car': Tejay van Garderen crashes out of Paris-Nice

American rider sustains sprained back in crash

Tejay Van Garderen escaped without serious injuries after crashing into a team car at Paris-Nice

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) has been forced to pull out of Paris-Nice following two crashes on the opening stage, the second of which involved another team car.

Van Garderen crashed twice in wet conditions on the 135km stage one between Chatou and Meudon, the first being a run-of-the-mill crash with other riders fighting for position, before a more serious crash after the American crashed into the back of a stationary team car while looking down to examine the damage to his bike.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.