LIÈGE, Belgium (CT) – Former yellow jersey wearer Tony Gallopin is doing everything he can to continue in this year’s Tour de France after what was a massive test to his morale on Saturday.
The French Lotto-Soudal rider was seen on countless TV screens around the world hitting the deck on a left-hand bend during the opening time trial. He slid along the wet surface and collided with the barriers, thus ruining his chances of a high placing.
However his misfortune started far earlier than that. At 5.30am he received a phone call telling him that his house had been broken into and his car stolen. He and his wife Marion Rousse are both in the Tour de France; he as a rider, and she as a pundit for France television.
Hours later he hit the ground and injured his ankle. Fortunately, he escaped suffering a fracture.
“He will get the necessary treatment tonight, which means compression, ice and rest,” stated the team on Saturday evening. “He will try to start tomorrow with a taped ankle.”
Gallopin tweeted an update on Sunday morning prior to the stage, noting that his foot was swollen because of the injury.
— Gallopin Tony (@tonygallopin) July 2, 2017
“Problem of the day,” he wrote in French. “Getting your foot into the shoe. The staff at the top! Thanks for the support and the messages.”
Gallopin was ultimately able to start the stage, but faces a difficult day because of the swelling.
The 29 year old wore yellow for a day in the 2014 Tour de France and also took a stage. He is a past winner of the Clásica de San Sebastián and the Grand Prix de Wallonie.