Jai Hindley says a crash on the Tour de France has not solely value him his place on the rostrum but in addition left him with actual “ache within the arse” after a dramatic day that includes one other spectacular duel between the 2 race leaders.
- Jai Hindley was caught up in a crash that stopped the race for half-hour
- 5 riders needed to withdraw on account of the crash
- Tadej Pogacar beat Jonas Vingegaard within the 14th stage however nonetheless misplaced time to the chief total
The Australian contender’s 10 days within the top-three are over after Hindley bought caught up in a mass early crash that left him floored after which having to trip with a painful bottom for the remainder of the gruelling 14th stage.
He paid for his struggling, cracking in a while the ultimate Col de Joux Airplane, whereas Spain’s Carlos Rodriguez not solely gained the stage however leapfrogged over Hindley into third place by only one second.
The person from Perth had been within the prime three ever since his sensible fifth-stage win had briefly given him the race lead, earlier than Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar turned the Tour right into a two-horse race.
The pair have been at it once more on an exhilarating 152 kilometre stage 14 from Annemasse, with Pogacar beating Vingegaard within the dash for second place behind Rodriguez, however truly dropping one other second within the common classification standings after the Danish chief picked up a vital bonus in an earlier mountain dash.
However whereas Vingegaard now holds a 10-second lead over Pogacar, it is all starting to look harder by the day for BORA-hansgrohe’s Hindley, who’s now 4 minutes and 44 seconds off the lead, whereas additionally having to now chase Ineos-Grenadiers’ Rodriguez, to whom he misplaced 1:46 on Sunday.
Hindley ultimately completed sixth on the stage, however battled courageously to restrict his losses after the early mass crash, which prompted a stoppage of half-an-hour within the race.
Hindley was caught up in a large pile-up that compelled 5 riders to desert earlier than one other two additionally crashed out, and counted himself fortunate that he was capable of wrestle on.
“I’ve no thought what occurred within the crash. We have been simply laying down earlier than I knew it, hopefully, the opposite guys are all proper. I’ve bought fairly a little bit of ache in my arse truly, in my bottom, so it wasn’t actually preferrred, however that is bike racing,” he mentioned.
“I feel it is extra more likely to be a muscle or one thing, nevertheless it’s fairly sore in the mean time and hopefully we’ll attempt to kind it out over the subsequent few days.”
There was drama on the prime of the Joux Airplane, the place a bike blocked Pogacar’s efforts to race away from Vingegaard and take the important three bonus seconds, which the Dane ended up grabbing in a burst for the road.
The Slovenian two-time champ Pogacar felt it was his personal fault.
“It was one wasted bullet after already doing the massive climb to do one dash for nothing. It is a bit of a disgrace however I do not suppose it should change the result. OK, I messed it up somewhat bit however it’s what it’s.”
Pogacar had attacked with 3.7km of the ultimate climb remaining, initially distancing Vingegaard however by no means getting greater than 20 metres clear.