Ilnur Zakarin abandons Tour de France 2020 day after crash in the neutral zone 

The CCC Team rider started the race a day after his crash but was forced to step off the bike 

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Ilnur Zakarin has abandoned the Tour de France 2020 a day after he crashed in the neutral zone.

The CCC Team rider fell with Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko before the official start of stage 11 as the peloton rolled out of  Châtelaillon-Plage. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.