Team DSM’s Jasha Sütterlin was involved in a large crash during today’s opening stage at the Tour de France. Around 80 percent of the peloton was involved in the incident, where Jasha unfortunately took a heavy tumble which saw the German’s race end prematurely. Following the crash, he was taken to hospital for examinations which revealed no broken bones, but a severe contusion to his right wrist that will require further examinations back at home.
Sütterlin said: “I am so disappointed; I have no words for it really. I can’t really move my right wrist so it was impossible for me to carry on today. It’s good that nothing is broken, but I can’t say more than I’m really disappointed to go home. I wish the rest of the guys the best of luck for the Tour.”
Team DSM physician Camiel Aldershof added: “Unfortunately Jasha was involved during a crash today. Checks at the hospital revealed a severe contusion to his right wrist, and he also required stitches to his wrist and elbow. His wrist will require further checks and investigations once he has returned home so we can really determine the cause of the pain.”
Team DSM coach Luke Roberts continued: “We’re really disappointed to see Jasha leave us so early in the race with a crash like this. We will really miss him amongst the team that we have here. For now we wish him a speedy recovery while we continue with our hunt for stages.”