Alessandro DeMarchi crashed out of stage nine. The CCC Team rider was stretchered to hospital, and treated for injuries including a collapsed lung.
A crash at the start of stage seven, the 230km route the longest stage of this year’s race, saw Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and former yellow jersey holder Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) hitting the deck.
Teunissen was fine and Van Garderen got back on his bike, face bloodied. The American struggled to the finish with a fractured hand, coming across the line more than three minutes down on the bunch, with his team announcing he wouldn’t be taking the start line the next day.
Two riders were unable to reach the finish line on stage six at the 2019 Tour de France, ending their journey to Paris early.
Patrick Bevin (CCC) did not start the stage, having sustained two fractured ribs in a crash on stage four.
His team tweeted: “We’re sad to see Paddy go but it’s the best thing for his recovery.”
Meanwhile, Cofidis, Solutions Crédits’ Nicholas Edet was dropped en route to the pivotal La Planche des Belles Filles.
Edet had been ill ahead of the stage, and pulled the plug having lost over seven minutes on the bunch, his team said: “he was dropped in the early afternoon and could not finish the stage.”
There were fears that debutant Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) might be out of the race ahead of stage four.
The Danish cyclist crashed during stage three, having worked on the front of the peloton to set up Julian Alaphilippe for a victory that put him into the leader’s jersey.
He completed the stage, 20 minutes 26 seconds down on the leader. However, was taken to hospital and pictures later emerged of his bike snapped into two pieces.
The 24-year-old Danish national TT champion was able to begin the race the next day.
There were also concerns that on form Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) may have been ousted from contention following a crash during the opening stage.
He was left with knee and eye injuries, but recovered to start the next stage.
Stage nine abandonments
Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) – crash, collapsed lung
Stage eight abandonments
Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) – DNS – broken hand
Christophe Laporte (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) – DNF
Stage seven abandonments
Stage six abandonments
Patrick Bevin (CCC) – DNS – broken ribs
Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) – DNF
Stage five abandonments
Stage four abandonments
Stage three abandonments
Stage two abandonments
Stage one abandonments
This page will be updated as the race progresses