Majka revs the motors for Vuelta a Espana in the Tour de Pologne

From eighth to 137th to DNS: Rafal Majka's results over three days in the Tour de France speak – grimly – for themselves. A top result in the Station des Rousses stage in the Jura was followed by a series of major crashes that left him injured and all but out for the count, nearly 40 minutes down, on the road to Chambery, and then, definitively, out of the race.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.