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by Shane Stokes
March 10, 2018
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Having started the sixth stage just 15 seconds behind the race leader Luis Leon Sanchez, and having gapped the Astana rider slightly en route to Vence, Wout Poels was fancying his chances of taking the race overall. However he crashed out on the descent off the Côte de la Colle sur Loup and was forced to quit the race.
“I just couldn’t hold on in that corner anymore. I’d gone full into it,” he said. “It’s so disappointing because I had been feeling really, really good. But that’s life sometimes.”
Poels was x-rayed after the finish and diagnosed with a fractured left collarbone. “I’ll make a plan now with the doctors about what to do with my collarbone. I had planned to have a period of rest after Paris-Nice anyway, so we will see.”
Team Sky’s chances rest primarily on the shoulders of Sergio Henao, who ended the day ninth overall. He is 48 seconds back. Poels will hope that he can make up that time in the two remaining stages.
“At least I can take the TT win out of the race – that’s something,” he said. “Now hopefully Sergio can finish it off for the team.”