Cycling: victim of a fall and evacuated on a stretcher, Julian Alaphilippe leaves the Vuelta

Cycling: victim of a fall and evacuated on a stretcher, Julian Alaphilippe leaves the Vuelta

The French rider fell in a corner during the eleventh stage. Victim of a “dislocation of the right shoulder”, he was forced to retire.

Julian Alaphilippe forced to retire in the Tour of Spain. Panoramic

Julian Alaphilippe’s dark season continues. The Frenchman retired from the Tour of Spain on Wednesday following a fall in which he suffered a “dislocation of the right shoulder” during the 11th stage between Alhama de Murcia and Nijar in Andalusia. “The X-rays showed that there is no fracture, specifies the press release from his team. Julian will travel to Belgium on Thursday, where he will undergo an additional scan at the Herentals hospital, in order to rule out any further damage. The double French world champion, who must defend his title in less than a month in Australia, the main objective of his end of the season, slipped in a turn within the peloton 64 kilometers from the finish. He was taken on a stretcher and transported to the nearest hospital.

A worrying state less than a month from the World Championships

After his terrible fall in the classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, causing him a pneumothorax, two broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade, the puncher had not been selected by his Quick-Step team to participate in the Tour de France this summer. The leaders of the Belgian team had considered that a return to competition was premature.

He then tested positive for covid at the end of July at the Tour de Wallonie, feeling “a little tired” when preparing for the Spanish loop. “When I see since the start of the season, the shitty feelings I’ve had, I’m happy to be able to do a good job in the Vuelta. It’s getting better and better, ”he assured Sunday after the 9th stage.

Remco Evenepoel loses a new teammate in the defense of his leader’s red jersey, after Pieter Serry, who tested positive for Covid on Sunday. The Belgian praised his luxury teammate on Monday. “I haven’t seen many multiple world champions do things the way he did,” said “the little cannibal” of Alaphilippe’s work in the Vuelta. This is the sixth abandonment on Wednesday in the Spanish loop, after the five positive Covid tests of Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Roger Adria, Hector Carretero and Pau Miquel Delgado (Ken Pharma).

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