Last year’s runner-up hit the deck after a touch of wheels, sparking a frantic chase for him and his teammates.
Jumbo-Visma had already lost Robert Gesink earlier in the race with the veteran climber crashing out of the race inside the opening 40km of the stage.
Four teammates quickly dropped back to support Roglič, who came into the stage sitting third overall in the race for the yellow jersey.
Roglič crossed the line battered and bruised 1:21 down on stage winner Tim Merlier (Alpecin Fenix). He wasn't the only rider to lose time, with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) involved in a fall with just under 4km to go.
At the finish, Roglič and his teammate Steven Kruijswijk both needed medical assistance. The Dutch rider required stitches for a gash in his hand while Roglčc was transported away for x-rays. According to journalists on the ground, the Slovenian was walking with a limp due to the injuries he sustained.
Jumbo-Visma boss Richard Plugge was obviously disappointed with the outcome of the stage and suggested that a rider from a rival team had pushed Roglic.
"He’s bruised and sore as a minimum and we’ll check him at the hospital. We have to check with x-rays and that’s why we wait for an ambulance. The other guys say that there was a rider who bumped him and who made him fly. With the last 18km downhill, right roads…" the Dutch boss said.
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Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.
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