Nicolas Roche out of Basque Country after crash, Sunweb offers update on his condition

Posted on: April 11th, 2019
Nicolas Roche is among a large number of riders who have now crashed hard at Tour of the Basque Country and been forced out of the race.

Nicolas Roche’s involvement in Tour of the Basque Country was brought to an end on stage 4 today after he crashed hard.

The Irishman was among a number of fallers who came down on a descent with about 90km remaining.

The 163.6km stage from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Arrigorriaga  was littered with crashes. In one – see video below – a large number of riders fell.

Roche’s fall occurred earlier in the stage and while he was able to take no further part in the race, there was some good news in the hours after the stage.

His Team Sunweb squad said he had been examined by medics and no serious injuries were found.

Roche is a rider who very rarely crashes and has not been forced to abandon a race due to a crash for a long time.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Ricardo Vilela (Burgos-BH), Daan Olivier (Jumbo-Visma), Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Caja Rural) and Roche were among those forced out during today’s stage.

Nicolas Roche’s team said the wet weather today had made conditions very testing, adding the Irish cyclist had fallen victim to the elements.

“As the wet weather continued, the riders soon began to struggle with the slippery roads, Nicolas Roche being one who was unfortunate enough to come down during the day and subsequently abandoned,” the team said.

“However, having been assessed at hospital, the Irishman has escaped any serious injuries.”

Team Sunweb had already been badly hit by injuries before Roche’s fall, with Wilco Kelderman and Martijn Tusveld both currently on the sidelines.