Karpets abandons Tour

Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) has abandoned the Tour de France during the rest day at Morzine after fracturing a bone in the palm of his left hand. The Russian sustained the injury when he was among the fallers in the crash-riddled stage two to Spa last week. X-rays taken after the stage failed to show significant damage and Karpets continued in the race. However, he struggled in Sunday’s first full mountain stage, losing over twenty-one minutes and scans taken on the rest day revealed the true extent of his injury.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation