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Hesjedal crashes out of Tour de Suisse

Cycling News
June 10, 2013, 15:26,
June 10, 2013, 21:40
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 10, 2013
Tour de Suisse
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin)

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin)

  • Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin)
  • Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin - Sharp)

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Canadian taken to hospital after fall during stage 3

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) has abandoned the Tour de Suisse following a crash in today's stage 3, covering 203.3km from Montreux to Meiringen.

Garmin-Sharp reported that Hesjedal sustained "a heavy blow to the neck and head. He was immediately transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Hesjedal suffered multiple, severe contusions and abrasions to the right wrist, hip and knee and left shoulder, elbow and knee. Preliminary CTs show no fractures and no neurological pathologies.

"He will remain under close observation by team medical staff," stated the team. "Hesjedal's health is the team's priority - depending on how his recovery progresses team medical staff as of now hopes he may be able to train in a few days time, although this will depend on his recovery."

After withdrawing from the Giro d'Italia last month after 12 stages, the 32-year-old Canadian signaled a return to form at the Tour de Suisse where he opened his campaign with a 9th place result in the stage 1 time trial followed by a fourth place finish on stage 2 which moved him to second overall, just three seconds behind general classification leader Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge).

Hesjedal had been targeting the podium at the upcoming Tour de France, with the Tour de Suisse a final tune-up before the French Grand Tour's start on June 29 in Corsica.

Sean King More than 1 year ago
Pity, hope he's ok.
Trafficrider More than 1 year ago
What a terrible setback. So close to the leader's jersey, but another round of disappointment. Not looking good for the TdF, although Ryder's surprised us all before, but Vaughters really ought to reschedule him for Spain IMO.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Hope he recovers soon and comes back to surprise us during the Tour. There's not to much time left if he needs more time to recover.
Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
So much bad luck for the classiest act in Cycling. This is really unfortunate.
Crossfit Cowichan Valley LindsayGraff More than 1 year ago
You live in cheaminus? So do I!!
Almon Poole More than 1 year ago
Hopefully he recovers quickly.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
He could've made the podium, and I'm sure he wouldve joined that leading group today, as he is a great descender.
MarkInOntario More than 1 year ago
Team has released a statement - preliminary CT scans show no fractures or neurological pathologies. They're going to be very careful but are saying he could be up and riding again in a few days. He's a very classy and talented cyclist and I'm really hoping he recovers for the Tour.
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
Terrible luck. I think he should perhaps target the Vuelta now.
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
Must have been quite a crash. Injuries on both sides and a blow to neck and head. Get well Ryder
kdayfranceusa More than 1 year ago
I think road cycling teams really need to look at riding with better tires during rain soaked mountain stages. The time gains from riding the slick tires just don't compensate for number and severity of injuries that result from riding these extremely unstable bikes. I ride mountain bikes because they are more stable. I find road bikes completely worthless as soon as the road gets wet and slick. There just has to be a better technology!