Saint-Lary: Australian champion Simon Gerrans did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France yesterday.
The 34-year-old Orica GreenEDGE rider had been suffering since crashing on the first stage more than two weeks ago.
“Obviously it’s disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make it to Paris,” said the winner of April's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
“But with the injuries I have from stage one I think the best decision is actually to stop now and completely recover. I know I haven’t been 100 per cent right since my crash but I was hoping to improve throughout the race.”