Nice, Saturday, 29th August – Unfortunately, Rafa Valls has withdrawn from Le Tour de France after fracturing his right femur in a crash during today’s opening stage.
All eight riders fought successfully through most of today’s stage, despite the adverse weather conditions. However, Rafa was caught up in a highspeed crash on the Promenade des Anglais with just 3 km to the finish line.
Rafa was taken to hospital and has undergone surgery on his fractured femur, plus treatment for superficial wounds he sustained on his right shoulder, elbow, and knee – confirmed Team Doctor Carlo Guardascione.
Everyone on the team, at the Tour and beyond, wishes Rafa a speedy recovery.
We will have further updates on his condition when they are available.
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