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by Neal Rogers
July 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: A Frenchman on Bastille Day: Barguil fights his way to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France; Albrecht takes Stage 2 victory from breakaway at Thüringen; Barnes outsprints Vos to assume lead in BeNe Ladies Tour; UCI race jury reverses 20-second penalties on Uran, Bennett at Tour de France; Fuglsang abandons Tour de France two days after fracturing wrist, elbow; Sagan to return to Tour de Pologne for first time since winning overall in 2011; American teenage phenom Adrien Costa taking leave of absence from pro cycling; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 13 highlights; Video: Inside team meetings at the Tour de France.
Due to injuries sustained on Stage 11, Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was forced to abandon the Tour de France. It was a major blow for Fuglsang, winner of the Criterium du Dauphine in June, as well as for race leader Fabio Aru.
“I did all I could, but all left part of my body just did not want to work,” Fuglsang said. “I had no power to stay in the group. Right from the start the speed of the peloton was very high, so I had to continue following my own rhythm. But before the last climb I’ve realized, it is just too much for me, I had to give up. It is not easy at all to leave the Tour de France and my team, but there is nothing to do. The main goal for me now is to get a full recovery.”
Astana is now down to seven riders, as Italian Dario Cataldo was also forced to abandon after the same feed zone crash that saw Fuglsang hit the deck.
“It’s bad news that Fuglsang abandoned,” Aru said. “It’s a big loss for us.”