Benoot finishes Tour stage despite awful injuries, then forced out

Posted on: July 11th, 2018

Tiesj Benoot suffered a catalogue of nasty injuries yet finished the Tour de France stage yesterday. Both he and his team were hopeful he could continue; sadly he has decided this morning he can’t stage stage 5.


Tiesj Benoot abandons Tour de France due to injuries


One of the men of he early season Tiesj Benoot has been forced out of the Tour de France after a very brave battle yesterday.

The 24-year-od Belgian, who enjoyed a brilliant spring campaign and won Strade Bianche (1.UWT), crashed on stage 4 yesterday.

He limped across the finish line in last place into Sarzeau, with blood all over his face. However, his head injury was unfortunately only part of his problems.

He also sustained a second degree dislocation of the shoulder and a badly bruised back and ribs; the latter a very painful injury.

Benoot has bloodied from a cut over his right eye. He also suffered another wound to the back of his head, required stitches to both.

The official word from his team last night was that Benoot would be assessed this morning to determine if he could continue.

However, early today Lotto-Soudal confirmed he was withdrawing, such were his injuries.

“I think it would be irresponsible to continue in the Tour, Benoot said, with his right arm in a sling and his head wound clearly visible.

“Of course the Tour is a race where you would want to continue as long as possible,” he added.

“But I don’t think I could hold my handlebars in a safe way. It is even difficult to put on my T-shirt.

“So it would be hard to race more than 200 kilometres today at the highest level in the Tour.”

“I haven’t seen footage of the crash, but I think a Movistar rider, most likely Quintana; had to pull on his brakes in front of me.

“And I wasn’t able to avoid him. I think that I was the first rider who crashed.”

Benoot said he was disappointed for his team and for himself. He said today’s stage, and tomorrow, were two he had targeted for a person result.

After the spring classics, everything he had done was geared towards this Tour. He would now go back to Belgium for more medical checks and then recover as quickly as possible

Spare a thought to for his team mate Tomasz Marczynski; riding the Tour de France for the first time aged 34 years.

He injured his knee in the same crash as Benoot, late in the stage. But he was expected to start today.