Philippe Gilbert abandons Tour de France 2018 after stage 16 descent crash

The former world champion abandons through injury while team-mate Tim Declerq quits through illness

Philippe Gilbert after a crash on stage 16 of the 2018 Tour de France (ASO)

Quick-Step Floors's Philippe Gilbert has abandoned the 2018 Tour de France through injuries suffered in a scary crash on a descent on stage 16.

The former world champion had attacked from the 46-man breakaway on the slopes of the third climb of the Col de Portet-d'Aspet with 71km to go, and had gained over a minute's advantage as he crested the category two ascent.

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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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