Thursday July 10th, 2014

Stage 6Arras / Reims

Start 13h00 (Local time)

Three riders out of tricky stage

News from the sick bay…10.07.2014Stage 6- Arras / Reims

After yesterday's carnage, the sixth stage was also full of spills and thrills as three riders abandoned the race after crashing.

Jesus Hernandez (Tinkoff-Saxo) fell on his head and was taken to the medical car for checks, while fellow Spaniard Xabier Zandio (Team Sky) suffered back and ribs injuries and was taken to the hospital.

 “It's a sad day for Alberto and for team to miss a rider but we have to stay focused. Tomorrow's stage could be a tricky one and I'm not sure the entire pack is going to cross the finish line in a bunch sprint. We have to stay alert like today and keep Alberto safe,” said Tinkoff-Saxo team director Philippe Mauduit after the stage.

They were joined on their way out of the race by Katusha rider Egor Silin, who broke his left collarbone.

A total of 14 riders featured on the unusually long medical statement, which forgot to mention France's Romain Bardet.

   The AG2R La Mondiale rider hurt his left knee in a crash, his team said.

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