Andrew Talansky hopes of winning the Tour de France ends after pulling out due to several injuries.
Talansky crashed at the end of stage seven after colliding with Simon Gerrans and then fell again on stage eight during a wet descent.
The Garmin Sharp team leader became the next casualty of the tour, with the likes of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Fabian Cancellera all going home already.
The American was dropped with around 100km to go of stage 11 and after talking to the team car he decided to carry on alone to the finish, eventually beating the elimination time by five minutes. He rolled in 32 minutes behind winner Tony Gallopin.
Built around Tour
Talansky admitted his season was built around the Tour and he can't believe it is over.
According to Cycling Weekly, Talansky said: “I’m absolutely heartbroken to leave the Tour de France. I built my season around the Tour, and the team has supported me every step of the way. I had hoped the rest day would allow some time to recover from my crashes.”
“I was hopeful that I could get through yesterday and I tried to be there for the team, the way they have been there for me this whole time. But it proved to be too much.
"It’s been hard for me personally with the crashes but I’m really proud of how we rode together here. These guys are so strong and there is so much more they can do over the rest of the Tour.”
It isn't a surprise that Talansky has retired from the tour as he has crashed multiple times in the last few stages, and Garmin's team physician thinks the crash on stage seven has led to more serious injuires.
Kevin Sprouse said: "Andrew is suffering the cumulative effects of multiple crashes during the first part of the Tour, in addition to battling an upper respiratory infection.
"The impact on his hip from the crash on Stage seven has led to acute sacroiliitis, from which the pain has made it increasingly difficult for him to pedal.”
Vincenzo Nibali is now in pole position to win the tour, as all of his main rivals have crashed out, with the exception of the new team Sky leader Richie Porte. I fully expect Nibali to hold onto the yellow jersey all the way to Paris because there is no one else who can really challenge him.
After winning the Criterium du Dauphine Talansky went into the tour on top form but he will have to set his sights on the 2015 race.
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