Olympic time trial favorite Dumoulin crashes out of Tour

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 22, 2016 10:08 AM

SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France (Reuters) - Tom Dumoulin's hope of winning the Olympic time trial in Rio next month suffered a major blow on Friday when the Dutchman pulled out of the Tour de France with a wrist injury.

The Giant-Alpecin rider, one of the main favorites for the Aug. 10 Olympic event, fell off his bike with about 62km left in the 19th stage, and abandoned the race in tears a couple of kilometers further on.

"He has abandoned following a heavy crash, he's suffering from a severe wrist trauma," a race doctor said.

"He is in a lot of pain. It can be either a serious sprain or a fracture. X-rays will tell what it is exactly."

Dumoulin won two stages in this year's Tour, a summit finish in Arcalis, Andorra, and the first time trial. He was second in Thursday's mountain time trial behind overall leader Chris Froome.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)