Poels suffers pain after a fall, but still quits the Tour today

Despite a broken rib and a bruised lung, Wout Poels is still at the start of the second stage of the Tour de France today. “It’s pretty painful, but I hope to come back fighting”, the rider from Bahrain-McLaren wrote on Instagram.

On Saturday, 32-year-old Poels was one of the victims of a crash just before the finish on the wet Promenade des Anglais in Nice. His Spanish teammate Rafael Valls broke his right femur and had to undergo surgery immediately.

“It was quite a hectic start of the Tour”, Poels said. “I managed to avoid the crashes, up to 2.9 kilometers from the finish. A broken rib and some contusions of a lung. Let’s see how it goes today.”

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