Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic admits “the situation is far from good” as he showed his body covered in bandages following a horrific accident on the Tour de France – but claimed he would continue the race. race.
Last year’s runner-up slipped to 20th place overall after his heavy crash with just over 10km to go in Stage 3 after joining Sonny Colbrelli – who claims their “handlebars got stuck” .
Roglic was seen walking away again with an unpleasant-looking gash on his left shoulder after recovering, but the Jumbo runner was seen limping towards an ambulance before undergoing scans for determine the extent of his injuries.
Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic admits “situation is far from good” after crash in Stage 3 as he showed extent of injuries
He ended up with a nasty gash on his shoulder after falling 10km from the end
The 31-year-old took to social media to thank fans for their support and wishes after his accident, as well as to reveal a large number of injuries, adding that he was not in good condition but that ‘he was still planning to get back on the bike. .
“The situation is far from good,” Roglic said in an Instagram post.
“But I had to smile as I read all the good wishes and positive thoughts you sent me. The mummy will be at the start today and we’ll see how it goes!
‘Hvala. Thank you. Thank you.’
Despite Colbrelli close to Roglic at the time of the crash, the Italian, from Bahrain Victorious, distanced himself from any blame.
Roglic thanked fans for their support and vowed to continue racing despite his injuries
“Obviously, you never like to see someone crash in a bike race. The accident with [Roglic] what a pity. The peloton was moving from left to right on the narrow roads during the stage final, he said on his team’s Twitter account.
“Roglic came up from behind me, and our handlebars got stuck, which almost pulled us both to the ground.
“It’s luck that I stayed on the bike. My reaction after the accident was more out of fear than anything else. i am very sorry for [Roglic], and I wish that didn’t happen, but I don’t think I’m to blame. ‘
Roglic wasn’t the only rider to suffer a crash on the Tour de France, as another day was marred by bad crashes – 2018 winner Geraint Thomas also hit the tarmac, dislocating his shoulder.
It was another day of accidents as 2018 winner Geraint Thomas hit the ground with a bad fall
Caleb Ewan (right) also suffered an accident after his front wheel slipped under him, dragging Peter Sagan with him.
Thomas crashed within 25 miles of the 114-mile stage, and it looked like his race might be over as he sat on the road in pain and fell three minutes behind the field.
But after having his shoulder glued back on, he came back up and lost only 26 seconds at the finish. He is 67 seconds behind the leader of the general.
A Monday night x-ray confirmed the Welshman had not suffered a fracture, but he will be reassessed this morning ahead of Wednesday’s first time trial.
Meanwhile, Team Jumbo’s Robert Gesink was forced to retire after being injured in a fall, while Caleb Ewan took Peter Sagan with him after his front wheel slipped under him.
Belgian Tim Merlier ended up claiming his first stage victory on the Tour, with the return of Mark Cavendish not even contesting the sprint after being overtaken by a previous pile-up.