Tour de France: Who's had to leave the race throughout the French Grand Tour

The race even saw a rider abandon at the start of the final stage

Jos van Emden crashing out on stage three of the Tour de France 2021
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It was a grand total of 42 riders who left the Tour de France prematurely due to various crashes, illness and the Olympics.

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) was the final rider to leave the race before the last stage of the race as he felt unwell after the time trial. He decided to look towards the Olympics instead and not risk anything more.

He wasn't the only rider to do that as Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), Miguel Ángel López (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) all leaving early to focus on Tokyo.

Others crashed and saw their dreams crash down with the likes of Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and so many more leaving the race due to their injuries.

Some did miss the time cut with Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels) and the first-ever black South African rider to ride the Tour Nic Dlamini (Qhubeka-NextHash) all missing the cut on stage nine to Tignes.

Some riders did crash but carried on with some losing lots of time with Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) being one of those. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) did come down but still managed to take second overall.

Tour de France abandonments

Stage 21

Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech, DNS due to fever/focus on Olympics

Stage 20

None.

Stage 19

Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation, DNS due to pulling out for Olympic preparation
Miguel Ángel López (Col) Movistar Team, DNS due to pulling out for Olympic preparation

Stage 18

None.

Stage 17

Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, DNF due to illness

Stage 16 

Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, DNS due to pulling out for Olympic preparation
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team BikeExchange, DNS after crash on stage one

Stage 15

Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic, DNF
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team TotalEnergies, OTL

Stage 14

Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic, DNS
Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team DSM, DNS

Stage 13

Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange, DNF after crash
Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange, DNF after crash
Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto-Soudal, DNF
Michael Gogl (Aut) Qhubeka-NextHash, DNS

Stage 12

Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, DNS

Stage 11

Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma, DNF
Victor Campaenaers (Bel) Team Qhubeka-NextHash, DNF
Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team DSM, DNF
Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic, DNF
Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ, DNF
Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, DNF
Dan McLay (GBr) Team Arkéa-Samsic, DNF
Luke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, OTL

Stage 10

Jonas Koch (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, DNF

Stage nine

Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, DNS
Mathieu van der Poel (Ned), DNS
Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix, DNF
Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, DNF
Nans Peters (Fra) Ag2r Citroën Team, DNF
Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM, OTL
Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, OTL
Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana-Premier Tech, OTL
Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, OTL
Nic Dlamini (RSA) Qhubeka-NextHash, OTL
Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa-Samsic, OTL

Stage eight

None.

Stage seven

None.

Stage six

None.

Stage five 

None. 

Stage four

Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto-Soudal, DNS due to stage three crash

Stage three

Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, due to crash
Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain-Victorious, due to crash

Stage two

Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar, DNS due to crash on stage one 

Stage one

Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team DSM, due to crash
Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ, due to crash
Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels, due to crash

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