Injuries force Rafal Majka to abandon Tour de France
Jul 10 2017 10:13 pm CET

Injuries force Rafal Majka to abandon Tour de France
Injuries force Rafal Majka to abandon Tour de France
Photo of Rafal Majka by the A.S.O.

Rafal Majka has been forced to retire from the Tour de France. The Polish rider suffered a crash in the ninth stage and the injuries are too severe for him to continue.

The rider had a crash during one of the descents of the stage and suffered heavy contusions and lost a lot of skin. "I have pain everywhere today, but I was lucky to have no fractures at all," explained Majka. "I cannot explain exactly what happened when I crashed. I didn’t brake or anything, but my front wheel slipped away. Also, Risto, our mechanic, almost fell when he arrived with the spare bike. There must have been some oil or something similar on the road. However, after the crash I suffered a lot."

After the accident, his teammate Emanuel Buchmann stopped to help him, but he was told to keep going. "I want to thank my whole Bora-hansgrohe team, everybody waited for me first, but we told Emanuel to go and save our chances in the GC, then Jay (Mc Carthy) was with me and brought me up to the next bigger group," commented the rider.

"Also thanks to Michal Kwiatkowski who helped me in the end. After this heavy crash, it does not make any sense to keep on fighting. I can hardly breathe because of the pain. We had to take a wise decision, for my health, but also for the rest of the season. I’ll take some rest now, then I will start preparing myself for the rest of the season."




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