Paris-Nice race leader Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) has crashed during stage 2 and left the course in an ambulance. He is out of the race.
Bouhanni was coming around a corner with about 58 kilometers left in the 201km stage when his bike slid out on the rain-slicked road, sending him crashing to the pavement hard. He appeared to hit his face on the road as he fell.
Medics attended to Bouhanni, who had blood pouring from his face, and a few minutes later loaded him onto a stretcher.
“Nacer has a deep wound in the lip and a hand trauma,” the race doctor told French television, according to ASO. “He’s staying with us until the end of the stage and then going to hospital for further checks.”
FDJ sport director Frank Pineau added: “there is nothing serious.”
Bouhanni won Monday’s 195km stage 1 in a field sprint and was awarded the yellow jersey. The race ends Sunday.
FDJ confirmed on Tuesday evening that Bouhanni had suffered two broken teeth and received eight stitches for cuts to his upper lip.
“X-rays revealed no fractures or even a cracked rib, as we feared. He will be back on his bike this weekend,” said team doctor Gérard Guillaume.