Following on from his crash on yesterday’s stage of the Vuelta a España, Peter Sagan’s team have announced that he is to retire from the race.

The Slovakian won stage 3 of the race and was leading the points classification. It had looked like that he might have added another stage win yesterday, before he was taken out by the motorbike.

The news was annpounced on the team’s website. The statement was as follows:

“Tinkoff-Saxo announces that, unfortunately, the team’s co-leader at the Vuelta a España cannot safely continue to race and will instead return home to recover from the injuries he suffered after he was hit by a motorbike at the finale of stage 8 on Saturday afternoon.”

“Sagan was hit by a reckless auxiliary motorbike in the final kilometers of stage 8 and suffered wounds and burns of first and second degree on the left side of his body, from the hip to the lower leg.”

“In addition, he has a contusion on his left forearm with an intra-muscular hematoma. The team doctor, together with the sport directors at the Vuelta, decided that Sagan cannot safely continue the race with the injuries he suffered. As a result, he will fly back home as soon as possible.”

“The entire Tinkoff-Saxo team is disappointed and upset that Sagan’s participation in the race comes to such an abrupt end. The Vuelta a España is one of the season’s most important races and both Sagan and the team had high expectations. At the moment of the incident, Sagan was wearing the green jersey, he had won one stage, was set to target stage 8, while being in serious contention for later stage wins.”


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