Simon Yates and Fabio Aru among those abandoning Tour of the Basque Country

Large number of riders withdraw during stage five of the Tour of the Basque Country in Spain, many due to crash injury

Simon Yates on stage four of the 2016 Tour of The Basque Country

(Image credit: Watson)

British rider Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) and Italian Fabio Aru (Astana) are among the many high-profile abandons during the penultimate stage of the Tour of the Basque Country in Spain on Friday.

With cold and wet conditions affecting the 'queen' mountains stage of the WorldTour-level event, there were several crashes – one of which took out 2015 Vuelta a España winner Aru.

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