Gesink's Tour de France in doubt after Tour de Suisse head injury

Robert Gesink could be forced to miss the Tour de France after suffering a head injury in a crash at the Tour de Suisse

The Dutchman hit a pothole during stage 2 on Sunday and such was the force of his crash, his helmet was broken by the impact and he remembers nothing of the incident. He immediately abandoned the race and was taken to hospital for a medical evaluation.

LottoNL-Jumbo released a statement on Monday morning saying there were no “complications” but that it’s uncertain at this stage to say whether Gesink will be able to go to the Tour de France next month as planned.


“The medical staff indicates that he has a head trauma without complications, and several abrasions,” read the statement. 

“The recovery is assessed day-by-day towards the Tour de France. After a reasonable night’s sleep Robert flies back home to recover.”

Gesink, who was sixth at last year’s Tour de France, had marked out July as one of his major objectives for the season and he was set to double-up with the Vuelta a España, though he did miss out on selection for the Olympic road race in Rio. It was expected that he and Wilco Kelderman, who is now LottoNL-Jumbo’s de facto leader at the Tour de Suisse, would share leadership duties at the Tour. 

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