Gesink was involved in a crash on Monday, in which former winner Geraint Thomas, among others, also fell to the ground. The Briton got back on his bike, battered. Gesink had to give up. His team announced that the joint between the shoulder blade and collarbone in the Achterhoeker was dislocated due to the fall.

“It is mainly a painful injury, which is comparable in impact to a collarbone fracture,” a spokesperson explained. Recovery will probably take a week or three.

Thomas seemed to go down because the steering wheel seemed to slip out of his hand when driving up a low speed bump. A number of riders then fell over him, including Gesink and his German teammate Tony Martin. It had already fallen on Saturday at the hands of a female spectator who was partly on the road with a cardboard sign in her hands.

The loss of Gesink, who rode with number 13, is a blow to Jumbo-Visma. The 35-year-old veteran was scheduled to be one of the helpers in the mountains for Tour favorite Primoz Roglic.

Thomas, whose shoulder seemed to be dislocated, rejoined the peloton with the help of three teammates.

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