Bevin withdraws from Tour de France with broken ribs

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COLMAR, France (AP) — Patrick Bevin of New Zealand has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the sixth stage after breaking two ribs in a crash.

Bevin is the first competitor to be forced out of this Tour.

He crashed during Stage 4 on Tuesday and continued racing but his CCC team said pain increased during Wednesdays stage to Colmar in eastern France.

He underwent X-rays at the finish line which revealed two fractures on the left side of his thorax.

“As its often the case with rib fractures, the pain increases in the second and third day following the crash and, although Patrick wanted to try and race on stage six, this morning we collectively made the decision that he should stop racing in order to recover well and focus on his goals in the second part of the season,” CCC team doctor Max Testa said.

Bevin was 137th in the overall standings on Thursday, going into the stage to the Planche des Belles Filles, the first mountain test on the three-week race program. He trailed race leader Julian Alaphilippe by more than 31 minutes.

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