Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

July 18, 2016

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pantano takes breakaway win on Tour’s 15th stage; Tour of Poland stage cancelled due to inclement weather; Rubiano avoids massive crash to win stage one of the Tour de Qinghai Lake; Marianne Vos takes her second stage win at Thuringen Rundfahrt; Simon Gerrans withdraws from Rio Olympics squad after TDF crash; Anti-doping officials request entire Russian delegation be barred from Rio Olympics; BMC on Tour dogfight – Anything can happen in the third week; Chris Boardman’s mother killed while cycling in Wales; Dave Brailsford’s impression of Chris Froome’s Ventoux run; Tour de France stage 14 on-board video highlights.

Simon Gerrans withdraws from Rio Olympics squad after TDF crash

by CyclingTips

Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) has confirmed that he won’t race at the Rio Olympics next month after crashing on stage 12 of the Tour de France and breaking his collarbone.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Gerrans said that it was “with enormous regret” that he had decided to withdraw from the Australian team.

“From the moment I got back on my bike after crashing, I knew I hurt myself,” Gerrans said. “Immediately I understood what that meant for the remainder of the Tour de France and Olympic Games. Hanging onto the smallest amount of hope my injuries weren’t as severe as I feared, I pushed myself to finish the stage.

“X-rays after the stage finish revealed the fracture in my left clavicle I suspected, putting a premature end to my Tour de France. I then travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist orthopaedic surgeon to fully understand the extent of the fracture and whether there was any chance I could recover in time to join the Australian team for the Olympic Games.

“For Australia to have the best chance to achieve the best result possible, I feel I should be replaced by one of the riders in the squad.”

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