Italian rider Daniel Oss withdraws with broken neck as Pogačar wins 6th stage of Tour and takes yellow jersey

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Italian rider Daniel Oss has withdrawn from the Tour de France with a damaged neck after crashing right into a fan on stage 5.

Footage posted to Twitter reveals the TotalEnergies star colliding right into a determined fan attempting to file a video on his cellphone as riders zipped previous at excessive velocity.

The fan was despatched flying to the bottom whereas Oss additionally got here crashing off his bike. The Italian managed to choose himself up and cross the end line on the finish of the stage however his group revealed the extent of the harm is critical.

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However after heading for scans, his group confirmed he had fractured a bone in his neck and is now set for “a couple of weeks” out of motion after withdrawing from the Tour de France.

“Further examinations revealed a fracture of a cervical vertebra requiring immobilisation for a couple of weeks,” the group wrote on Twitter.

“Daniel Oss is due to this fact compelled to depart the Tour de France. The entire group needs you a superb restoration Daniel.”

Oss was one in every of three riders unable to take to the beginning line in Binche, Belgium for stage six, with Michael Gogl (Alpecin-Deceuninck) additionally leaving the race after crashing with Oss, struggling a fractured collarbone and pelvis.

Tadej Pogačar is again within the yellow jersey on the conclusion of stage six. And it is sooner than even perhaps he anticipated.

On the best way to his wins within the 2020 and 2021 Excursions, Pogačar took the yellow jersey within the mountains, however on Thursday all he wanted was the modest Côte des Religieuses hill within the border city of Longwy.

Requested in regards to the prospect of being again in yellow, which wasn’t confirmed when he was talking, Pogačar stated in televised feedback that for now he was centered on the stage win and “the rest is only a bonus.”

After an imposing sixth stage of practically 220 kilometres by way of Belgium and northern France — the longest of this yr’s Tour — Pogačar pulled away within the dash end on the crest of the Côte des Religieuses to take his first stage victory this yr forward of David Gaudu and Michael Matthews.

Pogačar now leads the Tour by 4 seconds forward of American rider Neilson Powless, because of the bonus seconds based mostly on stage placings.

“Each time I win it is even higher,” Pogačar stated. “We rode the final two climbs actually laborious, it was above our thresholds. It was tremendous laborious for the ultimate climb and hectic and all the pieces. I suppose I had good legs to push ultimately.”

Wout Van Aert was the chief heading into the stage and was the main target of consideration with a breakaway, however was caught with 11 kilometres remaining. Van Aert dropped off on the hilly closing part of the stage and ultimately misplaced greater than seven minutes.

It is the earliest that Pogačar has worn yellow on the Tour after taking the lead on the twentieth stage in 2020 and the eighth stage final yr.

Friday sees the Tour’s first mountain stage and a return to a spot the place the UAE Workforce Emirates rider made his identify. The 176-kilometre seventh stage runs from Tomblaine to a summit end on La Planche des Belles Filles, the place he surged to victory to take the yellow jersey from fellow Slovenian Primož Roglič within the penultimate stage in 2020.

Regardless of the imposing size of the stage, the tempo was relentlessly quick from the beginning.

Van Aert, Quinn Simmons and Jakob Fuglsang broke away and had a four-minute hole to the peloton at one stage, however had been step by step reeled again in. Fuglsang dropped again and the benefit was down to 2 minutes with 50 kilometres to go. Simmons couldn’t sustain with Van Aert, who stored his lead secure at simply over a minute with 25 kilometres remaining, however the Belgian did not have sufficient vitality left to remain in entrance on the repeated climbs.

Pogačar stated he had thought Van Aert might take the stage win on his personal and credited his group’s “extremely good job” getting him into place to battle for the stage win on the uphill end of the Côte des Religieuses.

Van Aert had led because the second stage Saturday, with a collection of spectacular rides and a stage win alongside the best way. The Belgian will now swap his yellow jersey for inexperienced as chief of the dash classification.

“For positive the yellow jersey is nicer than the inexperienced one however I’ve loved the yellow and I’ll benefit from the inexperienced as nicely,” he stated.

“On the finish of the day, we had been solely three on the entrance, so I used to be nicely conscious that it might be a mission to remain up there until the tip. However I’ve wished to honour the Maillot Jaune and share the second with the group.”

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