Video: Nicolas Roche baffled by his sudden crash alone at Tour de France

Posted on: July 12th, 2019
Nicolas Roche was riding along chatting and the next moment he was on the deck and winded during today’s stage 7 of the Tour de France

Nicolas Roche is one of the most experienced pro riders in today’s peloton and very crashes, though he did hit the deck today at the Tour de France.

The Team Sunweb man was tucked onto the bunch talking to riders around him when he sudden hit the tarmac about 100km into the race.

Asked how the crash had happened, Nicolas Roche said he had “absolutely no idea”.

“I was having a chat and the next thing was that it felt like the wheel looked up and I went flying over the handlebars.

“I was looked to see if there was a rock or a hole in the ground. But there was nothing in the road, my had didn’t slip….

“Unfortunately we are also car number 20 so I was waiting a long time on the roadside waiting for the car to come.”

He added while lack of focus or even road furniture could be the reason for crashing unexpectedly at the Tour, he was baffled by his own crash today.

“In my case I’d like to know what happened. I’ll see tonight with the mechanic when I look at the wheel.

“I punctured at the same time so maybe when I punctured the tyre came off or something, but we’ll have a look tonight.

“But it happens pretty often. I think every day there’s always a couple of riders (on the Tour de France) who have one of these crashes on their own.

While Roche was serviced by the roadside and got back on, the fall came as unwanted drama on what was a stage for recovery.

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“I was a bit out of breath because I landed on my chest but lucky enough by heart rate monitor saved me,” Roche said of his fall.

And in the end he took a relaxed approach to the finish; hanging back and conserving energy as he is not riding for general classification.

“I was on my own to Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida) so it was quite relaxed and chilled and friendly.”

The racing today…

Today’s stage 7, some 230km from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône, came down to a bunch sprint won by Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma); the team’s third win of the race.

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was a very close 2nd and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) was 3rd.

Deceuninck-QuickStep have Elia Viviani what seemed like a perfect lead-out but the Italian faded and could only managed 6th.

There was no change in the overall, with Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) still leading by six seconds from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) is 3rd at 32 seconds.

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) finished in the bunch, in 53rd place, and is 18th overall at 1:45. Roche finished in 173rd at 4:25.

Tomorrow takes the riders 200km from Mâcon to Saint-Étienne with seven medium climbs on the route.