Simon Yates abandons Tour de France 2021

The Brit had been hoping to chase stage wins in the Pyrenees

Simon Yates at the Tour de France 2021
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Simon Yates has abandoned the Tour de France 2021.

The British climber had been hoping to target stage wins in the Pyrenees in the coming days, but he was caught up in a high-speed crash with around 60km left to race on stage 13.

Yates, winner of the 2018 Vuelta a España, was one of several riders who fell on a sweeping left-hand turn, as some fell into a steep ravine at the right-hand side of the road.

Team BikeExchange rider Yates was able to get back on the bike to try and rejoin the peloton, but was later forced to abandon the stage.

The incident happened as stage 13 from Nîmes to Carcassonne sparked into life with a flurry of attacks from the peloton.

But with the action came the chaos, as a group of riders fell on a narrow section of road.

Tim Declerq (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM) were amongst those who went down in the fall, as Andersen was seen clambering back up the steep grass verge to return to road level, his bike lifted above his head.

Yates remained on the floor for some minutes after his fall, but was able to re-mount to try and chase down the peloton. 

But after pursuing the bunch, Yates was forced to leave the Tour de France. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.