Simon Yates descending the Col de la Colombière on stage 8 of the Tour de France.

Simon Yates abandons the Tour de France after a crash

Simon Yates and Lucas Hamilton are both out of the Tour de France.

by Dane Cash

photography by Kristof Ramon

Simon Yates (BikeExchange) is out of the Tour de France after crashing heavily on Friday’s stage 13.

The 2018 Vuelta a España winner went down in a big pileup that occurred with a little more than 60 km remaining in the 219.9 km stage from Nîmes to Carcassone. His teammate Lucas Hamilton also hit the deck in the incident, with the list of other crashers also including Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates), Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic), and Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo), among others.

A few minutes later, BikeExchange announced that both Yates and Hamtilon had pulled out of the Tour.

“They were both able to continue riding but have since abandoned,” the team said on Twitter, noting that further updates on their condition would follow.

In addition to coming as a blow to the BikeExchange squad at the Tour, the news could also impact the Olympics. Yates has been focused on the road race as a major target for quite some time, and Hamilton was recently named to the Australian squad for Tokyo.