Italian cyclist Daniel Os has been forced to withdraw from the Tour de France after he fractured his neck bone in a speedy collision with a fan this week.
Oss, 35, hit a fan on stage five of the race, who appeared to be leaning on the cobbled track while filming the cyclists on their phones.
The crash footage on Twitter shows Auss hitting the spectator’s line next to the race track and flying off his bike. A number of fans seem to be flying to the ground in the third of 11 cobbled sections on the road from Lille to Arenberg.
Os was able to recover enough to cross the finish line at the end of the stage, but medical examinations afterwards revealed that he had broken his neck in the accident.
“Further examinations revealed a cervical vertebra fracture that required immobility for a few weeks,” his team at TotalEnergies revealed on Twitter. “So Daniel Oss had to leave the Tour de France… The whole team wishes you a good recovery Daniel ❤️.”
Oss was one of three riders who did not participate in the sixth stage on Thursday, in Binchy, Belgium. Michael Google (Alpecin-Deceuninck) also dropped out of the race as a result of the AWS crash. The Austrian suffered a broken collarbone and pelvis/iliac bone, Team officials said, Adding that he will undergo surgery at Herentals Hospital in Belgium.
Jack Haigh (victor of Bahrain) also gave up the race due to “multiple abrasions and bruises on the body and stitches required for a wound above the elbow,” Team officials said.
“The CT scan also revealed multiple non-displaced wrist fractures. Thankfully, Jack has not had a concussion or head injury and will be going home. [Thursday]. “
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