Nacer Bouhanni out of Tour de France due to punch-up injuries

Posted on: June 29th, 2016

Sam Bennett beats Nacer Bouhanni for a stage win at the Bayern Rundfahrt in Germany last night. A hand injury sustained in a punch up has now ruled Bouhanni out of the Tour de France.

 

The Tour de France hasn’t started yet and already one of the best sprinters in the sport is out of the race.

Nacer Bouhanni became involved in a fight in a hotel with a reveller the night before the French national road race championships at the weekend and required a number of stitches.

And now the injury to his hand he sustained in the incident has ruled him out of the Tour.

The French fastman, who rides for Cofidis, is a multi Grand Tour stage winner and his absence from the Tour is a major blow to his team, for which the Tour de France is the biggest goal of the year.

According to the team, Bouhanni was in the hotel with his brother the night before the race when they asked those in the room next to them to keep the noise down.

A scuffle ensued in which Bouhanni injured his hand and needed stitches.

He started the French championships the following day and while he was forced to abandon the race due to his injuries, his team felt he would be recovered and in a fit state to start the Tour on Saturday.

But this has not proven to be the case and with just three days to go to the start of the biggest event of the year, where he would have been a favourite to win a stage, he has been withdrawn from the team’s line-up.

The team said his injury was worse than feared, adding his wound had been “poorly supported”, with the rider since having undergone surgery.

“Nacer Bouhanni will not take the start of the Tour de France 2016. It turned out that the wound was poorly supported,” the team said in its statement.

“Faced with the deterioration of the situation, Nacer had surgery on Tuesday at 18h at the CHU de Nancy. The decision was made not to take any risk to the health of the athlete, who now needs rest to focus on new goals.”

He will be replaced in the team’s Tour line-up by Nicolas Edet.

 

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