Dylan Teuns will be forced to miss his next race after he was involved in a tractor accident while gardening after the Tour de France.
The Bahrain-Merida pro needed 15 stitches in his forehead after the incident at his home in Halen, Belgium on Wednesday morning (July 31).
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Teuns, the winner of stage six of the Tour on La Planche des Belles Filles, banged his face on the steering wheel of the tractor when it stopped suddenly.
A statement from his Bahrain-Merida said: “Dylan Teuns was involved in a minor home accident today. The unfortunate event happened to the Team Bahrain-Merida rider while gardening with his garden tractor this morning at his house in Halen.
“Dylan suffered a facial wound that required 15 stitches in his forehead. Due to this and his bashed up face, unfortunately he will miss the upcoming Clásica San Sebastián.”
The 27-year-old Belgian took the biggest win of his career at this year’s Tour on stage six, winning from a breakaway on the first mountain of the race.
Just a month earlier, he had taken another big stage win at the Critérium du Dauphiné on stage two.
Teuns also has a collection of overall victories – the Tour de Wallonie, Tour of Poland and the Artic Race of Norway, all in 2017.
According to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Teuns said: “I was working on earthworks at home with my tractor with a machine behind it.
“The machine suddenly stopped working due to a technical defect. That also brought the tractor to a halt. Because of that sudden stop I hit my head on the wheel.”
Teuns added that his planned training for the Vuelta a España will not be interrupted.