Bevin crashed with around 100 kilometers remaining on stage four but was able to finish the stage and line up on stage five, however, his pain increased during yesterday’s stage.
CCC Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said it would be detrimental to Bevin’s health to continue racing.
“Patrick Bevin crashed on stage four of the Tour de France. An initial observation following the stage indicated he had some rib pain and other contusions, but he would be able to line up on stage five. However, Patrick experienced severe pain during yesterday’s stage and was immediately taken for X-rays at the finish line. The X-rays revealed two fractures on both the seventh and eighth ribs on his left side. As is 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,” Dr. Testa explained.
“Patrick will require two weeks of rest before he can start easing back into training. I expect a full recovery in four weeks which will give him time to get his fitness back and focus on his upcoming goals in the last half of the season.”
Bevin is understandably devastated to withdraw from the Tour de France, one of his biggest goals of the season.
“I fell on my left side and caught a wheel to the chest. I thought I had got away with it at the time and I didn’t have any trouble when I got back into the race, no skin off or anything like that. I thought it wasn’t too bad but as the stage wore on, it got worse. We did everything we could to minimize the pain but in yesterday’s stage it was getting even worse so we went straight to get X-rays after the stage, which confirmed the rib fractures.”
“We gave it a night to see how it was but you take the advice of the medical team and that advice was to stop racing. I came out of the Tour de Suisse in great form and felt like I had done everything right. But, you have to take the emotion out of it, the fact that it is the Tour de France, and make a rational decision. Two fractured ribs are not going to get better overnight.”
CCC Team will continue to provide updates on Bevin’s recovery.