Gerrans' Tour de France is over

Gerrans' Tour de France is over

Gerrans out of Tour

Aussie confirms he's out of this year's race

By Jonathan Turner   Last updated: 13th July 2010

Team Sky's Simon Gerrans has been ruled out of the Tour de France after X-rays showed he has a broken arm.

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The Australian was caught up in a crash just seven kilometres into Sunday's eighth stage from Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz.

And although he bravely battled on to finish the 189km route he was taken to hospital for X-rays on his left elbow.

Gerrans confirmed the bad news on Monday's rest day, tweeting: "Just had a scan that confirmed what I feared, I broke my arm when I crashed after 7km of yesterday's stage. My 2010 TdF is finished."

The winner of stages in all three of the Grand Tours, Gerrans had this year endured a luckless Tour de France. He was one of the many riders who fell on stage two from Brussels to Spa and then crashed again the following day.

That second crash had resulted in a trip to hospital to check he hadn't fractured his cheekbone after he fell on his pedal when hitting the road.

Sporting several stitches and a black eye he was able to continue the race but this latest news means Team Sky will now be down to eight riders when the Tour resumes on Tuesday.

Gerrans 'gutted' to miss out

Gerrans, whose arm is now in a cast, told www.teamsky.com: "Obviously I'm very disappointed - I've had the sort of Tour de France you'd rather forget.

"I'm absolutely gutted that I'm not going to be able to help the other guys over the next two weeks."

And writing on his own website later (www.simongerrans.com) he described what he'd gone through during the eighth stage, saying: "It was worth pushing through the pain and finishing the stage with the grupetto because even though I knew I had really hurt my arm, there was a slight chance it was just a sprain or torn muscle so I would have the rest day to recover and then continue the Tour. I probably pushed myself the hardest I have ever had to just to get through to the finish.

"By the time I made it up the climb to Avoriaz, the pain was that unbearable I required assistance just to get off my bike. I saw the team doctor and my osteopath who thought it was highly likely that I had a break.

"While the rest of the peloton spent their rest day going for an easy spin, receiving a massage and resting up for the days ahead, I spent my day at the hospital getting a scan on my arm at the Tour clinic near Morzine. It was confirmed that I had a fracture in my radius signalling the end of my Tour de France. At the clinic the doctors put my arm in a cast where it will remain for a couple of weeks."