Degenkolb and Valls first dropouts in Tour: ‘Dreams ruined on wet asphalt’

Where the Tour peloton was still complete at the start of the sixth stage a year ago, already after the first stage of 2020 two dropouts have been noted.

John Degenkolb (Lotto-Soudal) and Rafael Valls (Bahrain-McLaren) have to leave the Tour de France due to a crash.

Degenkolb went down early in the stage with his sprinter Caleb Ewan. Ewan managed to come back, but the German exceeded the time limit. “With bloody knees I finished, alone, eighteen minutes after the peloton and of course that’s much too late“, he writes on Instagram. “A fall on the wet asphalt ruined my Tour and my dreams.”

Great victory in Roubaix

31-year-old Degenkolb won no less than ten stages in the Vuelta and triumphed in both Paris-Roubaix and Milan-Sanremo in 2015. In the Tour of 2018 the Degenkolb won the cobbled stage to Roubaix.

The Spaniard Valls, master servant of Mikel Landa and teammate of Wout Poels at Bahrain-Merida, broke a collarbone in a fall. He too will not start in the second stage on Sunday.