TdFF daily stage 6: Veronica Ewers suffers broken collarbone
American rider will not start stage 7
Veronica Ewers and Kathrin Hammes were both involved in a crash during today’s stage of the Tour de France Femmes.
A touch of wheels somewhere in the peloton caused the crash. Kathrin was able to remount her bike and chase back to the peloton with other riders. She was examined by the race doctor during the race and has no injuries.
Veronica was less fortunate. Though she finished the stage, afterward she went to the hospital for further medical checks which revealed a broken collarbone. She will return home to rest and recover.
Hear from the team about our tough day.
It’s really unfortunate about Veronica. But then coming into the final, Letizia and I were just focusing on what we could do in the sprint. Salvage the day a bit. Pretty chaotic with all the roundabouts but we were staying together pretty good. Letizia got caught up in a crash a little bit and then it was me on my own, just holding position pretty good until the final. And then just sprinting from the lead out trains but I’m just happy to be able to contest in the finals. It’s been a long week. It feels good to be a part of it and to be in the action.
I wasn’t with Veronica when she crashed. I nearly went down in that crash but I was able to save it. I thought she was in front of me but I was looking for her when Tim said on the radio to wait for her. She was quite far back because she crashed quite hard so I stopped on the side and waited for her. It was a hard day to make sure we made the time cut but we made it.
Daniel Foder, sport director
Bad luck with Veronica. Apart from that, we tried to do the sprint. AJ and Letizia were doing a really good job but then there was some chaos in the last 100 meters and Letizia needed to unclip and her sprint was over. It was not the best day but that’s cycling and we have a new day tomorrow.