Sad start of Tour de France for TBM
Düsseldorf, 1st July – Heavy weather conditions marked today’s opening stage of Tour de France, with 198 riders starting their 14km individual time trial on slippery roads.
All our riders started and rode quite well with solid performance; however, our leader Ion Izagirre who started as the last from our team, crashed badly in a corner, close to the point where Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) had crashed as well. It was a very hard hit into the fence. Izagirre was then immediately transported in an ambulance to the hospital, accompanied by the team doctor, Luca Pollastri. The first diagnosis said that Ion Izagirre has an unstable lumbar fracture and needs a surgical treatment. Additional information and details will be known in the next days.
We are deeply saddened that Ion will not continue this year’s Tour de France, where he was meant to be the team leader after his strong performance this season. It is a big loss for BAHRAIN MERIDA Team. All riders and staff will put heads together and bite into the further challenges of Tour de France.
Photo credit: Miwa Iijima