Unfortunately, Jakob Fuglsang won’t take the start on tomorrow’s stage 16.

Israel – Premier Tech’s Danish climber crashed with 60 km to go on stage 15 and although Fuglsang managed to finish the stage, an X-ray examination afterwards revealed a fractured right rib.

Fuglsang and the Israel – Premier Tech medical team have therefore decided that the best course of action right now will be for Fuglsang to go home in order to start his recovery as soon as possible.

Fuglsang: “Of course, I am disappointed. I’ve tried to race with a fractured rib before and fight through it and make it all the way until the end. But, in this case, I know I have nothing to win by trying to hang on so it’s better to pull the plug, go home and recover. I know that it’s too painful to continue so it’s my only option. I hope the team can keep up the good work. There are some hard stages to come but they will keep fighting until the end and hopefully get another stage win.”