Crashes at the Tour de France are a fairly common sight. On Sunday’s stage, Italian cyclist Alessandro De Marchi crashed pretty badly. He abandoned the tour with a broken collar bone, broken ribs and facial lacerations, but he is recovering, as per the tour commentators.
The moment his crash happened, though, was utterly horrific.
The 33-year old rider of Team CCC was laying face down on the pavement with
blood streaming from his head. Concerned supporters were seen desperately
trying to call for help.
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An ambulance arrived on the scene and De Marchi was wrapped in space blankets, loaded on a stretcher and taken away.
The Italian’s team, CCC, posted on Twitter stating:
“We can confirm @ADM_RossodiBuja was fully conscious after his crash.
“He has a deep facial laceration and will be taken to hospital for X-rays to determine if he has any fractures.”
De Marchi had started the day 33 minutes and 46 seconds
behind leader Julian Alaphilippe.
He had a great ride on Saturday. The Italian led a breakaway
with eventual stage winner Thomas de Gendt, holding out until around 14km to
Tour de France 2019: Stage 9 profile
Riders just can’t catch a break. Hilly, with climbs to finish, this is another tough day and the rest day is only on Tuesday. The stretch to the Côte de Saint-Just (3,7km at an average of 7,3 %), at 13kms from the finish at Brioude, is just another little treat the organisers have blessed riders with. How sweet.
Profile: Another hilly stage, with a category one climb nice and early.