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Tao Geoghegan Hart deserted Paris-Good following a crash on Wednesday’s stage 4, gained by Primož Roglič.

In line with Ineos Grenadiers director sportif Gabriel Rasch, Geoghegan Hart was dizzy on the bicycle following the pileup. Geoghegan Hart, the 2020 Giro d’Italia champion, was taken to an area hospital for a checkup, the workforce mentioned.

“He [was] within the descent there, [and] his entrance wheel slipped in a nook. He was fourth place, so actually dangerous luck, actually,” Rasch mentioned. “I don’t know if there was some gravel or why precisely he slipped. He landed on his face and his hip and his knee fairly dangerous. He felt a bit dizzy and felt it was the proper determination to cease him with out taking any dangers.”

TV cameras caught sight of Geoghegan Hart stepping again onto his bicycle because the peloton rumbled down a winding descent within the closing kilometers of the race. After he remounted, Geoghegan Hart drifted off the again of the peloton, earlier than stopping completely.

“They waited in the back of the peloton till they noticed which state Tao was in and I instructed them to hold on and do their absolute best,” Rasch mentioned.

Geoghegan Hart tweeted to his followers after the stage, discussing the incident. “Landed on my head at this time,” he wrote. “Thanks Ineos Grenadiers & the medical workforce for placing my long-term welfare first when it was clear I wasn’t 100%.”

The crash and abandonment mark an early setback for Geoghegan Hart’s 2021 marketing campaign, which is able to see him make his Tour de France debut as a chief lieutenant for Geraint Thomas. Geoghegan Hart gained the 2020 Giro in thrilling vogue, coming from behind within the remaining week to take the pink jersey within the remaining particular person time trial. For 2021 Ineos Grenadiers administration determined to steer the younger Briton towards the Tour and never a protection of the Giro.

The abandonment is the most recent blow to Ineos Grenadiers’ Paris-Good workforce. On stage 1, two-time winner Richie Porte deserted the race after crashing.

How the crash impacts Geoghegan Hart’s 2021 racing marketing campaign isn’t but recognized.

Geoghegan Hart had been on the entrance of a chasing group on the penultimate descent.

Coming round a really tight, off-camber hairpin flip, he went down in the midst of the street. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) got here across the similar nook and rode into the grass to keep away from hitting the Ineos Grenadier. Each riders rapidly remounted their bikes, however Geoghegan Hart visibly struggled, whereas Gaudu went up the street in pursuit of the fast-moving primary group.

A number of moments later, a race moto with a TV digicam targeted on a struggling Geoghegan Hart. As the primary bunch took to the ultimate climb some 12km later, Geoghegan Hart introduced his abandonment of the race.

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