Danish rider Emma Norsgaard was forced to abandon the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift after a major crash during the fifth stage.
Team DSM’s Lorena Wiebes was the winner of the 175 kilometre stage, beating Elisa Balsamo and Marianne Vos in a sprint finish.
“I don’t like to say I’m the best sprinter in the world, but if you’re saying it… I felt today again strong in the sprint, I’m happy to deliver it after a long stage,” Wiebes said.
“It’s still a goal to get the green jersey and also to keep the general classification with Juliette [Labous], she’s also riding really strong. Today was really a team effort and that’s the most important.”
The drama came earlier on in the race, however, roughly 45 km away from the finish line. A crash on the front right peloton caused a mass pile-up of around 30 riders.
With so many riders and their bikes on the ground, it took almost three minutes for the main group to get going again.
Video: Watch mass pile-up at Tour de France Femmes
Norsgaard, who races for Movistar, was among those caught up in the crash. She was able to stand after the collision, but was taken away in an ambulance with a suspected broken collarbone.
The 23-year-old was forced to abandon the Tour de France Femmes as a result of her injury.
Chantal van den Broek-Blaak was also treated after suffering a bloody elbow. She was set back by around a minute, but later caught up with the main group.
Norsgaard’s injury will be of detriment to teammate Annemiek van Vleuten, who was favourite to win the Tour de France Femmes but currently sits in eighth position.
Vos remains in the yellow jersey with a 20 second lead over second-placed Silvia Persico, who was able to recover from the mass pile-on but required a bike change to do so.
There are still three stages of the Tour de France Femmes left to go, with the race concluding on Sunday at Super Planche des Belles Filles.
The last two stages are mountainous, which should suit van Vleuten. The Olympic road race champion has been training at altitude to prepare for the race.