Robert Gesink suffered a pelvic fracture in his heavy crash in the Tour Down Under. The veteran of Jumbo-Visma announced this a few hours after the fall on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Gesink crashed hard on Wednesday in the first stage from Brighton to Victor Harbor 20 kilometers from the finish. The Dutchman was tapped on the rear wheel by Frenchman Alex Baudin, after which he landed with his head on the asphalt.
Gesink’s teammates Timo Roosen and Tim van Dijke were also involved in the crash, but they were able to continue on their way. Gesink had to give up immediately in the first cycling race of the year.
“This is not how I wanted our time in Australia to end. I also had a lot less skin than this morning,” says Gesink, who traveled to Australia with his family, on Instagram. It is not clear how long the Dutchman will be out of circulation.
Gesink has been dogged by injuries throughout his long career. In 2021 he broke his collarbone in a crash in the Tour de France and two years before that he also broke his pelvis in Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Without Gesink, Jumbo-Visma hopes to do well in the Tour Down Under in the coming days. The Australian Rohan Dennis is the leader of the Dutch formation, who had the most victories of all teams last year.
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