Cycling-Roglic abandons the Tour de France before the ninth stage

CLUSES, France (Reuters) – Last year’s finalist Primoz Roglic dropped out of the Tour de France ahead of stage ninth after sustaining several bruises during his fall on stage three, the Slovenian cyclist said on Sunday.

“We made the decision with the team, it doesn’t make sense to continue. We will try to recover and focus on new goals,” the Jumbo-Visma driver said in a statement.

Roglic’s title hopes fizzled out as he finished Saturday’s eighth stage more than 35 minutes behind Belgian Dylan Teuns.

The two-time Vuelta champion, who lost the tour last year in the last time trial, had already been abandoned by the contenders for the general classification of the seventh stage on Friday.

“I was going through the days but it was getting nowhere,” he said. “I was in a lot of pain. It was too much for my body and I can’t run. I’m disappointed but I have to accept it. It’s the right decision.”

Roglic will now focus on the Tokyo Olympics road race.

(Report by Julien Pretot; edited by Alex Richardson)

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