VIVIERS, France (CT) – Simon Gerrans’ Tour de France campaign has been cut short for the third time in as many years with the Orica-BikeExchange rider crashing on the chaotic 12th stage of this year’s race.
Gerrans was leading the peloton in chasing a 13-rider breakaway with roughly 35km to go in the stage when his wheel washed out and he came tumbling down. Gerrans’ spill caused several others behind him to crash, including several riders from Team Sky.
Gerrans managed to ride the remaining distance to the finish — including the tough Mont Ventoux climb — with the 36-year-old crossing the line more than 28 minutes behind stage winner Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal).
Gerrans climbed onto the Orica-BikeExchange bus with his jersey torn and nursing his left arm. X-rays later confirmed he’d fractured his collarbone in the crash.
— Simon Gerrans (@simongerrans) July 14, 2016
Simon Gerrans has had something of a tumultuous relationship with the Tour de France throughout his career. He’s a three-time stage winner, having won road stages in 2008 and 2013, and a team time trial stage in 2013 as well. But he’s also had his fair share of big crashes.
In 2010, while riding for Team Sky, Gerrans broke his arm in a fall and abandoned the race as result. A tangle involving Mark Cavendish on stage 1 of the 2014 Tour saw Gerrans eventually withdraw later in the race. And last year, a crash on stage 3 saw Gerrans abandon the race with a broken wrist.
Gerrans was recently selected to represent Australia in the Rio Olympics road race, which will be held in just over three weeks, on Saturday August 6. It’s not yet clear whether Gerrans will have recovered in time to take his place on the start line.