French climber Rémy Di Grégorio (Française des Jeux) has broken his elbow in a fall during the fourth stage of the Tour de France, which has led to him abandoning the event. Di Grégorio finished the stage some eight minutes behind the peloton on Stage 4, and was taken directly to the hospital in Joigny for further tests.
The 21 year-old was the king of the mountains at the Dauphiné Libéré held in France last month and was taking part in his first Tour. He was involved in the same fall after 63km as Spaniard Xabier Zandio, who abandoned with a broken collar bone. Four other riders, Geraint Thomas, Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga, Jorge Azanza Soto, and Martin Elmiger, were also involved in the crash but were able to continue, eventually returning to the peloton. Di Grégorio hit his right knee and elbow and was unable to sustain the pace of the peloton due to the pain.