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by Shane Stokes
May 30, 2017
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One of Romain Bardet’s key helpers in last year’s Tour de France could well miss this year’s race after falling at the recent team training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Mikaël Chérel had a high-speed fall during a training ride on May 25 and, on Monday, received bad news.
He underwent a medical examination which revealed a hairline fracture of the pelvis at the iliac pubic junction. Although this has been deemed non-serious, it means he will be forced to sit out the Critérium du Dauphiné.
“It has not yet been determined for how long Chérel will be unavailable for racing,” said Ag2r La Mondiale Medical Officer Dr. Eric Bouvat. “The date on which he can begin training again will be decided at a later stage, according to the evolution of his recovery and level of pain.”
His place in the upcoming Critérium du Dauphiné will be taken by Julien Duval. Although no pronouncement has been made in relation to the Tour de France, missing a key warmup event may well rule him out. It is unclear if he could recover in time for the Tour de Suisse.