While the peloton made it through Stage 7 largely unscathed, teams were happy to start sharing good news from riders who abandoned the Tour de France early after crashing hard in the opening week.
Saturday 11 Jul 2015

Simon Gerrans has undergone surgery after his early departure from the Tour de France. The Australian Orica-GreenEDGE rider left the race after Stage 3 with a broken wrist. Team-mate, Daryl Impey joined Gerrans in the early transit, forced out of the race with a broken collarbone.

@simongerrans: Daryl and I on our way home from the #TdF15 

@simongerrans: Out with the old & in with the new. Today I had a plate and screws put in my wrist and while we were at it, we got rid of the ones from my collar bone. Now that's a productive day! 

“Since I stopped the race, I travelled down to Girona," Gerran's said via his personal website. "I was lucky to have Daryl for company as obviously he was on his way home too.

"I went and had more scans on Tuesday morning to try and get a better idea of the extent of my injury. Following those scans we found there was probably a little bit more to the injury than what we originally thought.

"There are a couple of fractures in my wrist as well as one in my hand, so at that point we decided to course an orthopedic specialist in hand surgery." It is estimated that the recovery time will take three to five weeks before Gerrans is back on his bike.

Given the operation and recovery time, and the bionic upgrade to the wrist area, the Australian took the decided to get rid of the metal holding the other end of his arm in place.

"We were also taking this opportunity to get the plate removed from my collarbone at the same time," said Gerrans. "Given I am going to be laid up for a while, it’s the same arm, and it needs to be removed at some point, I figured that I might as well do it at the same time.”

Greg Henderson (Lotto Soudal) was another rider caught up in the horrific high-speed crash on Stage 3 that saw Gerrans and Impey take a premature departure from the Tour. The determined kiwi continued to ride through Stages 4 to 6, but his rib injury became so painful that conintuing in the race was no longer an option. 

“Already after my crash on Monday I was in a lot of pain. But I didn’t want to blame myself (if) I hadn’t tried and I took the start on Tuesday. I hoped I would have less pain after a few days, but the Tour still lasts more than two weeks and I can’t continue this way.

Even sitting at the side of my bed hurts. You don’t want to abandon the Tour. You come here to reach goals together and finish in Paris three weeks later. And that won’t happen for me. The guys already did a brilliant job, I hope they can continue on this way and make Lotto Soudal even more successful.” - Greg Henderson.

Giant-Alpecin have announced that Tom Dumoulin is on the mend after leaving the race with a dislocated shoulder and a broken elbow, yet another victim of the Tour's crash-marred third stage.

The good news is that surgery isn't necessary. The bad news is that it will take the rider from The Netherlands six solid weeks to recover. But that's good news really, given the high-speed nature of the crash and the number of other riders involved who will spend even more time off their bikes before bouncing back.

Moving away from the theme of crashes and recovery, Eritirean pride continues to swell for Daniel Teklehaimanot who is creating waves as the first African rider to wear the king of the mountains jersey.

It feels so good to see the support Daniel and the team get: amazing crowds in Eritrea.

Posted by Team MTN Qhubeka on Friday, 10 July 2015

 

The MTN-Qhuebeka rider joined an early breakaway five kilometres into Stage 7. He gained the single point on offer at the top of the Cote de Canapville before staying in the break until they were reeled in with ten kilometres to go. Teklehaimanot keeps the red spots for another day. 

"It was a great moment to start in the jersey this morning. We obviously had a plan with the early categorised climb today so that’s why our team was in front to keep things under control before the start.

It was good though that I could get away early and then won the point. I wanted to keep going and wasn’t worried about saving power for the next weeks because I am feeling strong. Every day we can spend in the jersey helps our 5000 bikes campaign so I will work for it each stage." - Daniel Teklehaimanot 

Getting to the Tour De France is known for being incredibly tough, but what about when even just owning a bicycle is nearly an impossible dream? Dateline on Tuesday 21 July: follow three years in the trial and triumphs of the African Cycling Team. 

 

Tony Martin has undergone successful surgery on the left collarbone he shattered running into the finish of Stage 6 of the Tour de France.
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Friday 10 Jul 2015
It happens every year. This year’s Tour de France is not unusual for the amount of crashes that have thus far punctuated the first week of racing. But some of the names that have been forced out early are pretty big.