Steven Kruijswijk and Emanuel Buchmann have crashed out of the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné.
The two GC riders fell during stage four on the descent of the Col de Plan Bois, the first of six categorised climbs on the penultimate stage of the French race.
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Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) looked to be in some pain following the crash, gingerly holding his left arm, although the exact injury is yet to be confirmed by his team.
Moments later it was announced Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) had also abandoned the race after being caught up in the same crash.
Bora-Hansgrohe have said Buchmann suffered “deep abrasions”, while his team-mate Gregor Mühlberger was also forced to abandon with a suspected arm injury.
Along with Egan Bernal (Ineos) pulling out prior to stage four with a sore back, the first, third and fourth-placed riders in last year’s Tour de France have now abandoned the Critérium du Dauphiné.
The warm-up race to the French Grand Tour ends tomorrow, with the Tour then setting off from Nice in two week’s time on Saturday August 29.
Updates to follow…