Richard Carapaz and Alberto Bettiol abandon Tour de Suisse but 'goal remains the Tour de France'

GOTTHARD PASS, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 12: Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team EF Education-EasyPost - Yellow Leader Jersey injured after being involved in a crash after the 87th Tour de Suisse 2024, Stage 4 a 171km stage from Ruschlikon to Gotthard Pass 2092m on / #UCIWT / June 12, 2024 in Gotthard Pass, Switzerland. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Alberto Bettiol after stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse (Image credit: Getty Images)

Richard Carapaz and Alberto Bettiol have pulled out of the Tour de Suisse in a big blow for EF Education-EasyPost after crashing and sustaining injuries on Wednesday's stage 4.

Bettiol was the race leader going into stage 4 and despite his crash not being caught on TV, he was shown on the broadcast with nearly fully ripped-up bib shorts that exposed a lot of road rash and a bandage on his arm. 

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James Moultrie
News Writer

James Moultrie is a gold-standard NCTJ journalist who joined Cyclingnews as a News Writer in 2023 after originally contributing as a freelancer for eight months, during which time he also wrote for Eurosport, Rouleur and Cycling Weekly. Prior to joining the team he reported on races such as Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia Donne for Eurosport and has interviewed some of the sport’s top riders in Chloé Dygert, Lizzie Deignan and Wout van Aert. Outside of cycling, he spends the majority of his time watching other sports – rugby, football, cricket, and American Football to name a few.