Belgian Wout Van Aert clipped a barrier at high-speed and was thrown off his bike during stage 13’s individual time trial. Van Aert was lass than a kilometer from the finish in Pau when he crashed in one of the final corners. Van Aert stayed on the floor wrapped in a the barrier cover until the race doctor arrived on the scene. The Belgian national time trial champion was a favorite to win the stage, and was on track for a top 5 finish.
Van Aert suffered a right thigh wound and blood could be seen streaming down his leg. The 24-year-old was forced to abandon his first Tour de France. Van Aert is slated to undergo surgery to repair the wound and will remain in the hospital for several days.
WOUT VAN AERT CRASH VIDEO