The 2021 Tour de France has reached its second rest day. 37 of the 228 riders that started the race (16 per cent) have dropped out and won’t be returning for the sixteenth stage of the Tour. Some teams such as UAE-Team Emirates, Israel Start-Up Nation, Trek – Segafredo, Deceuninck – Quick Step, Cofidis and EF Education – Nippo still have their full eight-rider squads. Others have far fewer riders left: Groupama – FDJ and Lotto Soudal only have four riders standing and Arkéa Samsic is down to three.
Here is the list of withdrawals so far:
[Updated July 12, after Stage 15]
Cyril Lemoine (B&B Hotels-KTM)
Jasha Sutterlin (Team DSM)
Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ)
On Stage 1, a spectator’s sign caused a major crash and brought down the bulk of the peloton. Many riders suffered through their injuries but some were forced to withdraw completely. Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) suffered head trauma and Cyril Lemoine (B&B Hotels-KTM) ended up with four broken ribs, a moderate pneumothorax and a head wound.
Jasha Sütterlin (Team DSM) also left the race with an injured hand.
Marc Soler (Movistar)
Marc Soler (Movistar) finished Stage 1 despite getting caught up in the big crash, but his teammates later confirmed that he had fractured both elbows. Soler did not start the second stage.
Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma)
Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious)
Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma) crashed on stage 3, and was taken to the hospital with a fractured collarbone and concussion. Bahrain Victorious team leader Jack Haig also crashed and was taken to the hospital with a fractured collarbone and concussion.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal)
A third rider, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), was taken to the hospital with a broken collarbone after the chaotic third stage, but the officials counted the Australian cyclist as finishing the stage as his crash happened within sight of the line.
There were no withdrawals from Stage 5 to Stage 8.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix)
Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal)
Nans Peters (Ag2r Citroën Team)
Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-KTM)
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
Stefan De Bod (Astana-Premier Tech)
Loïc Vliegen (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)
Nic Dlamini (Qhubeka-NextHash)
Anthony Delaplace (Arkéa-Samsic)
The day started off with the withdrawals of Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). Roglič, who crashed hard on the third stage, had been suffering through his injuries and made the decision to not continue the race. Van der Poel, who wore the yellow jersey for six days, left the race to focus on training for the mountain bike race at the Olympic Games later this summer.
Nans Peters (Ag2r Citroën), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) and Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) all were unable to finish the mountain stage. Stefan De Bod (Astana-Premier Tech), Loïc Vliegen (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-KTM) and Anthony Delaplace (Arkéa-Samsic) did not make the time cut. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) also didn’t make the time cut, which means Groupama – FDJ will have just five riders at the start of Stage 10.
Nic Dlamini (Qhubeka-NextHash) crashed but was determined to finish the stage. One hour and 24 minutes after Ben O’Connor crossed the line, the South African cyclist crossed the line, determined to finish despite being far over the time cut. “I wanted to honour my dream to ride the Tour,” he said.
"I wanted to honour my dream to ride @LeTour".
Unfortunately after crashing today @nich_dlamini 🇿🇦 was unable to regain contact with the group but was determined to finish despite being out of the time limit.
— Team Qhubeka NextHash (@QhubekaAssos) July 4, 2021
Jonas Koch Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
Tony Martin (Jumbo Visma)
Luke Rowe (Ineos Grenadiers)
Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ
Daniel McLay (Team Arkea-Samsic)
Clément Russo (Team Arkea-Samsic)
Tiesj Benoot (Team DSM)
Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)
Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-NextHash)
A double ascent of Mont Ventoux’s imposing moonscape was always bound to put riders in trouble. 10 days deep into this years Grand Tour, eight riders were unable to finish the stage or make the time cut-off.
Peter Sagan (Borah Hansgrohe)
After a crash on Stage 3, Peter Sagan never quite looked himself. Before Stage 12, the Slovakian rider decided to stop fighting lingering knee pain and start focusing on recovering ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Simon Yates (Bike Exchange)
Lucas Hamilton (Bike Exchange)
Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal)
A crash during a fast descent on Stage 13 scattered 30 riders across the road and down an embankment. Most were able to remount and return to the race. Bike Exchange, though, suffered its first two losses of the tour. Simon Yates and Lucas Hamilton, both destined for Tokyo to represent Australia, but remounted and started to ride, but were unable to continue. Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) also was forced to abandon after the crash. With the these three gone, the Tour is now 31 riders short of its initial start list.
— Team DSM (@TeamDSM) July 9, 2021
Warren Barguil (Team Arkea-Samsic)
Søren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM)
Two more riders withdrew overnight due to injuries sustained in the chaotic crash on Friday’s 13th stage. All of Team DSM hit the deck in the incident. The team’s doctors pulled Søren Kragh Andersen from the race after observing concussion symptoms overnight. Team DSM posted their mechanic’s view of the crash, and confusion that followed.
Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies)
Nacer Bouhanni’s (Arkea-Samsic) Tour came to an end on Stage 15. The French rider abandoned at the intermediate sprint, after being dropped ahead of the highest climb of the stage. The sprinter crashed on Stage 13 and seemed to be battling his wounds on Stage 14’s medium mountains.
Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies) did not make the time cut on his eleventh Tour de France.