First rider to abandon the 2016 Tour de France comes during stage eight's mountain test

Michael Morkov, who crashed heavily on stage one, is the first rider to abandon the 2016 Tour de France

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Michael Morkov (Katusha) has become the first rider of the 2016 Tour de France to call it quits, after struggling through the heat and difficult terrain of stage eight's mountain test through the Pyrenees.

The 103rd Tour has set a new all-time record for having no abandons in the race, reaching the start of stage eight with all 198 riders still in contention.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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