BikeExchange down two climbers at Tour de France after crash takes out Yates and Hamilton

LE GRAND BORNAND FRANCE JULY 03 Simon Yates of The United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 8 a 1508km stage from Oyonnax to Le GrandBornand LeTour TDF2021 on July 03 2021 in Le Grand Bornand France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) riding to sixth place on stage 8 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Team BikeExchange started stage 13 of the Tour de France as one of the few teams left in the race to still have their full complement of eight riders but ended it in Carcassonne down two key climbers after Simon Yates and Lucas Hamilton were forced to abandon following a mid-stage crash.

The pair were caught up in a mass crash in the peloton 62 kilometres from the finish of the 219.9-kilometre stage, which also saw Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) forced to abandon. Their departure represents a big blow for the Australian squad, who can now only realistically look to Esteban Chaves as they search for a result in the upcoming Pyrenees.

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Dani Ostanek
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