Team Sky's Simon Gerrans has been forced to withdraw from the 2010 Tour de France after breaking his arm in a crash during stage 8 on Sunday.
Gerrans fell in the first 10km of racing in yesterday's mountains stage to Avoriaz. He re-mounted and completed the stage in the sprinters group, 32 minutes and 34 seconds behind winner Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), despite being in pain. X-rays later confirmed that the Australian had broken his arm.
"What's harder than racing an Alpine stage of the TdF? Racing an Alpine stage of the TdF with a broken arm," Gerrans wrote on his Twitter page.
"Just had a scan that confirmed what I feared, I broke my arm when I crashed after 7km of yesterday's stage. My 2010 TdF is finished."
Gerrans is British-based Team Sky's first withdrawal from the race, leaving seven men to support Bradley Wiggins in his aim of reaching the Tour de France podium in Paris on Sunday, July 25.
Gerrans won a stage of the Tour de France in 2008, and won a stage in both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana the following year. He is one of only a handful of active riders to have won a stage in each of the Grand Tours.
Sky's remaining riders are: Michael Barry (Can), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), Steve Cummings (GB), Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa), Thomas Lovkvist (Swe), Serge Pauwels (Bel), Geraint Thomas (GB) and Bradley Wiggins (GB).
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Wiggins crashes on Tour stage start
Cavendish and Farrar return to top
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Sky delivers Boasson Hagen to third without pressure
Tour de France 2010: Stage reports
Stage seven: Chavanel wins stage and takes overall as Thomas drops out of Tour's white
Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up
Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour
Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims
Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC
Stage three live coverage: As it happened
Stage two: Comeback man Chavanel takes victory in Spa
Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters
Prologue: Cancellara pips Martin to win
Tour de France 2010: Photos
Stage seven photo gallery
Stage six photo gallery
Stage five photo gallery
Stage four photo gallery
Stage three photo gallery
Stage two photo gallery
Stage one gallery
Prologue photo gallery
Tour de France 2010: Videos
Stage seven video highlights
Stage six video highlights
Stage five video highlights
Stage four video highlights
Stage three video highlights
Stage two video highlights
Stage one video highlights
Prologue video highlights
Tour de France 2010: Race guide
Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly's coverage index
Official start list, with race numbers
Brits at the Tour 2010
Tout team guide
Tour jerseys: What they are and what they mean
Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Wiggins
Tour de France 2010: Pictures
Tour team presentation, Rotterdam
Tour teams take to the cobbles: Photo special
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