Having ridden practically 3,200 kilometers (nearly 2,000 miles), over 4 mountain ranges, Tour de France rider Lukas Postlberger was pressured by a bee sting to the mouth to abandon Friday with the end in Paris simply two days away.
The Austrian rider, who has devoted his Tour to serving to crew chief Peter Sagan in his quest for the race’s inexperienced jersey, suffered an allergic response to the sting. He was taken to the hospital however shortly recovered and “is already feeling higher once more,” his Bora-Hansgrohe crew stated.
“Our crew doc had him simply on the cellphone and we are able to affirm no person has to fear anymore. But thanks for all our assist!” the crew stated.
The Tour was just a few minutes into the 166-kilometer (103-mile) Stage 19, from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole in jap France, when the insect struck. Bora stated it was a bee. Race organizers stated it was a wasp.
His withdrawal left the Tour with 146 riders, 30 fewer than when it began practically three weeks in the past. It additionally dealt a blow to Sagan in his battle with Irish rider Sam Bennett for the inexperienced jersey.
It is awarded to riders who vacuum up probably the most factors in sprints throughout and on the finish of phases. Bennett desires to maintain the jersey all the best way to Paris, whereas Sagan desires to win it on the end for the eighth time. The Slovakian rider was trailing Bennett by 52 factors at the beginning of Friday’s stage.
The 28-year-old Postlberger was driving his third Tour. He additionally deserted final 12 months, on Stage 18.