Gilbert withdraws from Tour de France after stage 16 crash

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Carcassonne (France), July 25 (IANS) Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert was on Wednesday forced to pull out from the 2018 Tour de France after he sustained a kneecap injury during the race’s 16th stage.

The Quick Step rider crashed into a stone wall on Tuesday on the 218 kilometre-long stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

“I have a fracture on the kneecap and it will take me off the bike for a few weeks, we do not know yet how many weeks but at least like four or five weeks, I think,” the 36-year-old said in a video posted to Twitter.

“After every crash, I will stand up and fight back and I think the next victory will have a very special feeling for me. I think there will be a lot of emotion for this one so let’s hope it is coming soon,” he added.

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On Tuesday, Gilbert’s teammate Julian Alaphilippe of France won the 16th stage of the race, his second stage victory of the Tour.

–IANS

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