Vincenzo Nibali abandons Tour de France with broken vertebra after Alpe d'Huez crash

Italian rider involved in crash with police motorbike on stage 12

Vincenzo Nibali battles up Alpe d'Huez on stage 11 of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Vincenzo Nibali has abandoned the 2018 Tour de France after being diagnosed with fractured vertebra following a crash with four kilometres to go on stage 12.

Nibali crashed with 3.8km remaining as the riders climbed towards the summit finish in the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez, hitting the deck as police motorbikes slowed ahead of him while he tried to respond to an attack by Chris Froome.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.