By Simon Collis
Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) and Shane Archbold (Bora-Argon 18) were non-starters for stage 18. Cancellara withdrew to focus on the Olympics, and Archbold was forced to abandon after fracturing his pelvis in a crash on stage 17 – despite managing to finish the stage.
Having won four stages and worn the yellow and green jerseys, Cavendish left to focus on preparing for his appearance for Great Britain in the track cycling omnium at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Dennis also left to prepare for the Olympics, where he will contest the time trial.
One of the statistical quirks of the 2016 Tour was a record low number of retirees from the race in the first week. For the first time in the race's 103 editions, all 198 starters made it to the beginning of stage eight with no withdrawals at all.
The Pyrenees inevitably took their toll, however, and several riders failed to make it to the first rest day after nine stages.
The highest profile of the retirees thus far is Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). The Spaniard, aiming for his eighth Grand Tour win, suffered a torrid start to this year's Tour. He fell during both of the opening stages and began stage nine in 20th place, 3-12 behind race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). Suffering from an overnight fever, he left the race with 100km to go on the stage.
The first rider to withdraw from this year's race was Michael Morkov (Katusha). The Dane crashed at high speed during final sprint on the opening day.
The next rider to leave was Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data). The key man in Mark Cavendish's successful sprint train, Renshaw began stage nine but left the race due to illness.
The only team to suffer more than one withdrawal so far is FDJ, who are down to seven riders after losing Cédric Pineau and Matthieu Ladagnou.
Jurgen van den Broeck (Katusha) wasn't able to start stage 12 of the Tour to Mont Ventoux, having fractured his scapula on the windy stage 11. The Belgian had sat 21st in the peloton before being forced to call it a day. Angelo Tulik (Direct Energie) abandoned during stage 12 after crashing.
Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) remarkably managed to finish stage 12 with a fractured collarbone, but withdrew after the stage. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was a non-starter for the stage 13 time trial after reportedly suffering from bronchitis. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) crashed during the TT and abandoned.
Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) pulled out after crashing on stage 14 - a crash which also prompted the withdrawal of Matti Breschel (Cannondale-Drapac). Jesus Herrada (Movistar) withdrew on stage 15 with illness.
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) - crash injuries
Stage 18 abandonments
Shane Archbold (Bora-Argon 18) - crash injuries
Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) - non starter
Stage 17 abandonments
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) - non starter
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) - non starter
Borut Bozic (Cofidis)
Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar) - crash injuries
Stage 15 abandonments
Jens Debuscherre (Lotto-Soudal) - crash injuries
Jesus Herrada (Movistar) - illness
Stage 14 abandonments
Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling)
Matti Breschel (Cannondale-Drapac)
Stage 13 abandonments
Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) - crash injuries
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) - illness
Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) - crash injuries
Stage 12 abandonments
Jurgen van den Broeck (Katusha) – crash injuries
Angelo Tulik (Direct Energie) – crash injuries
Stage 10 abandonments
Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac)
Stage nine abandonments
Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) – illness
Matthieu Ladagnou (FDJ) – illness
Cédric Pineau (FDJ) – illness (gastro-enteritis)
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) – illness (fever)
Stage eight abandonments
Michael Morkov (Katusha) – crash injuries
This page will be updated as the race progresses.
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