Hesjedal out of Tour

Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal abandoned the Tour de France ahead of stage seven today.

Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal abandoned the Tour de France ahead of stage seven today.

The Canadian had been tipped as a contender for the yellow jersey, but sustained what his Garmin-Sharp team described as “a massive haematoma on his left hip and leg” on stage six and opted out of the race ahead of the 199-kilometre route from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles.

Garmin-Sharp directeur sportif Jonathan Vaughters wrote on Twitter: “Hesjedal is not going to start. Sad, but he’ll be back.”

Hesjedal was involved in a major collision around 26km from the end of yesterday’s stage to Metz, losing more than 13 minutes as a result.

It was a crash his British team-mate David Millar, riding in his 11th Tour, described as one of the scariest of his career.

Almost all of the Garmin-Sharp team were involved in the collision, with Tom Danielson abandoning as a result of the incident after dislocating his shoulder and suffering numerous other injuries.

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