Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) has been forced to withdraw from the Tour de France after crashing heavily in the stage 17 time trial on Wednesday. The Frenchman started in Embrun despite suffering a fractured collarbone in a training crash earlier in the day.
Péraud, who sat in ninth overall at 8-47 minutes before the start of the day, crashed on the first of two descents while reconnoitring the 32-kilometre time trial to Chorges. He then crashed heavily on the same side just two kilometres from the finish during the actual stage.
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The time trial covered the Côte de Puy-Sanières and the Côte de Réallon, with the Puy-Sanières descent more technical.
“[He] suffers from a fracture of the outer end of the right clavicle. However, he will take the start of the 17th of the Tour de France,” read a press release issued by Ag2r prior to the stage start. “This decision has been taken in coordination with Eric Bouvat, the medical director of the Ag2r-La Mondiale team.”
Péraud returned from his ride with his jersey ripped and his right arm bloodied.
Bouvat told journalist outside the Tour’s mobile X-ray lab, “It’s a small fracture that won’t prevent him from riding but he’s going to feel a lot of pain.”
However, Péraud’s Tour finally drew to a close after his second crash of the day.
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