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Tour de France 2019: Wout Van Aert’s horror crash on Stage 13

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Belgian rookie Wout Van Aert won stage 10 of the Tour de France on Monday as Julian Alaphilippe extended his overall lead after a blistering late charge split the peloton.

But his tour was ended in the most horrific way when he collided with the barriers on Stage 13 during Friday’s individual time trial. The Belgian clipped the barriers on the side of the road after taking a corner too sharply.

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Van Aert was treated by paramedics on the side of the course and later taken to hospital. The extent of his injuries wasn’t known at the time of writing, but paramedics reported that he was fully conscious. Television commentators noted it looked like the young rider had severe lacerations on his leg.

His team later said he had suffered a “flesh wound”.

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Defending champion Geraint Thomas and overall leader Julian Alaphilippe finished the slog over two tough climbs together as a top 10 shake-up failed to materialise.

Simon, twin brother of Mitchelton Scott captain Adam Yates, is the Vuelta a Espana champion. He also led the Giro d’Italia earlier in 2018 before a meltdown under pressure from eventual champion Chris Froome.

“I’m here to help Adam, he’s doing well and is ready,” he said of his twin who is seventh in the overall and a potential Tour winner.

“But I’m really happy with this win, I got the green light to go from the team and timed it well.

“But now it’s back to the day job,” he smiled. Brother Adam is just 31sec adrift of Thomas in the overall standings.

“I’m here to help Adam get the best result.”

The brothers come from Bury in Lancashire, where ex-England football internationals Gary and Phil Neville grew up.

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Simon Yates is over an hour adrift in the overall standings, but punched the air in joy after outwitting his rivals to add this Tour de France stage to victories in the Vuelta and Giro.

Tour de France 2019: Stage 13

Distance: 27,2km
Profile: The sole individual time-trial for 2019 looks set to favour the power merchants.

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