Tour de France – Vuillermoz forced to abandon

Alexis Vuillermoz, who unfortunately ran into a spectator in cobbled sector 3 during the 9th stage of the Tour on Sunday, has as a result “suffered a small fracture of the right shoulder blade” and will be unable to start the 10th stage on Tuesday, confirmed Eric Bouvat, medical director of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team.

“A spectator with a camera stepped out into the road and didn’t move back, and I just didn’t have time to avoid the collision. I hit the camera. I have a fractured scapula, and will need to have further tests to see if I need surgery. This whole first part of the Tour has been marked by bad luck, particularly for Silvan, Axel and Mathias, all of whom crashed. Nevertheless, we have kept to the goal of getting Romain to the start of the mountain stages in a good position. On a personal level, this is a huge disappointment. I really wanted to help Romain in his quest. But the team remains very strong and I will be the number 1 fan in front of my TV.”[/su_quote]