Romain is suffering from a concussion the intensity of which he showed signs at the end of the stage, which necessitated that our medical team insist he undergo a brain scan at the Clermont Ferrand University Hospital, with the help of Dr. Mathieu Abott of AS Montferrand. The CET scan did not reveal and lesions. However, Romain Bardet must stop all his sporting activities for the moment, and he will therefore not be able to take part in the start of the stage tomorrow. His date for returning to competition will be defined “according to the evolution of his condition,” head doctor of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team, Dr. Eric Bouvat, explained.
ROMAIN BARDET: “Quite the opposite of what I expected”
“This stage on my home roads was the complete opposite of what I had hoped for. The crash was severe, downhill at high speed, and I struggled all the rest of the day.The medical examinations confirmed what I already suspected, and I am not able to continue in the race. I know that my teammates will give their best to finish the Tour de France with strong performances.»ROMAIN BARDET
VINCENT LAVENU : “He showed admirable courage”
«We are all sad to see Romain leaving us, near his home, on his roads, in a stage where he dreamed of shining. He once again showed admirable courage and fought like a lion to the end of the stage. We’ll fight even harder to honor him, with a polka dot jersey to defend and stage wins to earn. We send him all our support and hope he will come back even stronger very soon.»VINCENT LAVENU