• Simon Gerrans leads the peloton before crashing. (Suppied)Source: Suppied
Orica-BikeExchange veteran Simon Gerrans is out of the Tour de France and the Olympics after a heavy crash on Stage 12.
Cycling Central

15 Jul 2016 - 9:14 AM  UPDATED 15 Jul 2016 - 9:23 AM

Gerrans was at the front of a descending group when the high-speed crash occurred with just 30km left to race. In the mix was team-mate Juul Jensen along with members of Team Sky.

Both Orica-BikeExchange riders got back on their bikes and made it back to the bunch but Gerrans was later forced to leave the race when diagnosed with a broken collarbone.

Gerrans confirmed the injury on Twitter. This comes as a double blow for the rider who has not only had to leave the Tour early but will be unable to compete with the Australian road team at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Gerrans crash was part of a drama filled stage that saw overall leader running to the finish line without his bike in the final kilometre of the race. 

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