Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) was amongst a number of riders caught up in a crash with 250m to go on yesterday’s opening stage of the Tour de France. Bennett had extensive abrasions on his shoulder and was subsequently taken to hospital for further examination.
His team later confirmed that the Irish rider had no fractures or serious injuries but “we will see tomorrow if he is able to start.”
The team have now revealed this morning that he will line up at the start of today’s stage in Saint-Lô. They posted the following message earlier this morning:
“Sam Bennett will be on the start of stage 2 in Le Tour de France today. It will be a hard fight for him, but he wants to try it for the fans, the team and himself.”
Bora-Argon 18 also posted an interview with Bennett where he describes the crash: https://audioboom.com/boos/4776508-sammmy_be-will-be-on-the-start-line-of-stage-2-tdf2016
Michael Mørkøv of Katusha also crashed heavily and after the stage was brought to the X-ray and medical truck of ASO at Carentan where no fractures were revealed. The Danish rider suffered a big haematoma in his right thigh.