Primož Roglič sees Tour de France hopes dashed after stage 12 crash

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Primož Roglič’s Tour de France campaign took a severe blow today as he lost 2 minutes and 27 seconds following a crash with just 10km remaining in the 12th stage. The Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe leader was entangled in a pileup involving several riders, which saw him drop to sixth in the overall standings, now trailing race leader Tadej Pogačar by 4 minutes and 42 seconds.

The incident occurred as the peloton navigated a sweeping left-hand turn. Alexey Lutsenko of Astana Qazaqstan struck a low concrete median, causing a chain reaction that brought down several riders, including Roglič and World Champion Mathieu van der Poel. The crash left Roglič’s jersey torn and road rash visible on his right shoulder. Despite his Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe teammates’ efforts to pace him back, he finished 2 minutes and 27 seconds behind the peloton.

Enrico Gasparotto, the sports director for Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe, commented, “I haven’t got on the bus but it obviously would have been better if it hadn’t happened. We’ll have him assessed and then we’ll see. I haven’t spoken with him yet, we’ll take stock of the situation and figure out if it’s serious or not.”

Earlier in the race, Roglič had already experienced a crash in Wednesday’s stage. Starting the day in fourth place overall, 2 minutes and 15 seconds behind Pogačar, his hopes were still alive. However, today’s crash significantly affected his position in the general classification.

As the crash happened, the peloton was moving at high speed, approaching 60kph. Roglič, along with his teammates, struggled to regain contact with the main group. The team worked tirelessly to minimise the time lost, but their efforts were in vain as they crossed the line far behind the leaders.

While the crash affected multiple riders, it notably left the Alpecin-Deceuninck team without their star lead-out man, van der Poel, crucial for Jasper Philipsen in the sprints. Lutsenko, the last rider to remount, received assistance from a Tour medical vehicle before rejoining the race.

Roglič now faces a tough challenge as the race heads into the Pyrénées in two days, with significant time to make up on the leaders. His team will be assessing his condition and strategising the best way forward to support their captain through the remaining stages.

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