Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal will not start Stage 7 of the Tour de France, after the Canadian's injuries from yesterday's crash got the better of him.
That was one of the worst crashes I’ve ever seen and I hope that everyone else who went down is okay.
Hesjedal is not going to start. Sad, but he'll be back.— Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) July 7, 2012
In a car to Paris. Not really the way I envisioned it happening. Thank you for all the support, especially from my Team. @Ride_Argyle— Ryder Hesjedal(@ryder_hesjedal) July 7, 2012
Hesjedal was brought down in the same incident that caused carnage for Gamin-Sharp on Stage 6, with the team's alternative general classification contender Tom Danielson also involved, and forced to abandon.
Though Hesjedal struggled to the line, it seemed improbable that he'd be at the start in Tomblaine for Stage 7 after reporting excruciating pain.
"Once I got up and on a bike, I couldn’t pedal with any force, the pain was too much. The team helped me get to the line, but just getting there was all I was able to do," he said after yesterday's stage.
Hesjedal made history earlier this year when he became the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez.
Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters had hoped for Hesjedal to back up that performance at the Tour, but that dream is now over.Among the other favourites caught up in yesterday's crash were former Vuelta winners Juan Jose Cobo and Alejandro Valverde, Rabobank's Robert Gesink, Frank Schleck and Pierre Rolland.
The news comes after a hard week for Garmin-Sharp in which three members in the team including Jonathan Vaughters himself were alleged to have admitted to doping to the United States Anti-Doping Agency in exchange for testimony and leniency in the investigation into seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.