Peter Sagan on stage 11 of the Tour de France

Peter Sagan leaves the Tour de France

Peter Sagan won't take the start on stage 12 of the Tour de France citing knee pain he sustained in the crash on stage three

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Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) has pulled out of the Tour de France.

The Slovakian sprinter has been suffering from a knee injury he sustained in the crash on stage three where he and Caleb Ewan went down in the bunch sprint.

“I had hoped that after eight days [after the crash] it would be better but two days ago in the sprint I bumped my knee against the frame again and yesterday I couldn’t move the leg anymore,” he told France2 before today’s start. “I am disappointed because I survived these eight days and it’s never easy to leave the Tour de France. I also feel sorry for the team because it’s an important day for the general classification with Wilco Kelderman.”

Sagan won the points jersey a record-breaking seven times but has been struggling this year from that first bunch sprint on stage 3. His best results were two fifth places in stages four and six. It has been almost two years since since the won a Tour stage, the stage five into Colmar.

Sagan is the 29th rider of the 184 who started to abandon the Tour de France in 2021. According to Procyclingstats.com this is the highest number of riders leaving in the the first 11 stages of the race since 2012, when almost the entire peloton crashed in the sixth stage to Metz. 

This year there were many crashes in the opening weekend. Among others, Caleb Ewan, Jack Haigh and Robert Gesink crashed and were forced to leave the race. Primož Roglič, the runner-up of last year’s race, suffered from a crash in the opening weekend from which he didn’t recover. He left the race just before stage 9. 

Yesterday eight riders left the race and, on the rain-soaked stage to Tignes last Sunday, twelve riders didn’t make it to the finish line with seven of them outside the time limit. The Tour de France continues to Nîmes with 155 riders on Thursday.

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