“Its a bummer. In 2 seconds the Tour and the rest of the season are shattered for me”, the rider from Trek-Segafredo told the CCeit on Saturday, shortly before leaving the hospital in Clermont-Ferrand.
Mollema suffered a complicated fracture of his left wrist during the crash, caused by two Arkéa-Samsic riders who hooked up with the handlebars. Injuries also had to be stitched into his face. “The pain was particularly severe before the operation. Fortunately I could be helped immediately. Now it feels a little less painful and fortunately I can go home this afternoon” Mollema, like many cyclists, lives in Monaco.
The Groninger said that he knew immediately after his fall that it was all right. “In front of me two of Arkéas teammates were riding against each other. I tried to ride around them, but flew out of the corner and went over the head. I hoped that the bushes I was riding in would catch my fall, but there were stones underneath. It is incredibly acidic. Ive felt better from time to time.”
The 33-year-old Mollema was on his tenth Tour de France in a row. He also had to give up once in 2012.