Tour de France: Romain Bardet and James Shaw Abandon Race After Stage 14 Crash

Bardet and Shaw Forced to Abandon Tour de France Stage 14 After Crash

In a dramatic turn of events, Romain Bardet and James Shaw became the fourth and fifth cyclists to abandon stage 14 of the Tour de France. The French allrounder and British Tour debutant were involved in a crash early on the stage, leading to their untimely exit from the race.

On a fast and sweeping descent off the third-category Col de Saxel, Bardet, who leads the dsm-firmenich team, took a spill. TV images captured the moment when teammates rushed to help him up as he battled with injuries to his knee and elbow. Despite their assistance, Bardet was unable to continue the race. Prior to his unfortunate crash, he had held a respectable 12th position overall.

Unfortunately, Shaw of the EF-Education EasyPost team was also part of the same crash and was subsequently forced to abandon the race. Shaw’s misfortune followed his teammate Esteban Chaves, who was one of three riders to retire from the Tour after a major pile-up in the opening kilometers of stage 14.

This latest setback adds to the challenges Bardet has faced throughout the Tour. He had already suffered from a bronchial infection earlier in the second week, which significantly impacted his performance. Despite his difficulties, Bardet managed to finish 19th on the Grand Colombier summit finish just the day before.

Bardet had entered the Tour de France in good form, having placed fifth in the Tour de Suisse. As a past winner of three Tour stages, including the 2016 victory at Mont-Blanc, he was considered a strong contender. However, his misfortunes hindered his chances of repeating such success.

Shaw, on the other hand, had shown promise during his Tour de France debut. He had been part of the breakaway on two occasions, finishing fifth on stage 5 to Cauterets and seventh on stage 13 to Grand Colombier. His early exit from the race was undoubtedly a disappointing outcome for the British cyclist.

The absence of Bardet and Shaw will undoubtedly impact their respective teams’ strategies moving forward in the Tour. It remains to be seen how their departures will influence the dynamics of the race and whether other riders will step up to fill the void.

With the Tour de France nearing its climax, each stage presents new challenges and unforeseen obstacles for the cyclists. As the competition unfolds, the remaining riders will continue to battle for victory, and we can only hope that their journeys are free from further incidents and mishaps.