Daniel Oss of team TotalEnergies met with an unfortunate crash on stage 5 of the Tour de France. The incident occurred when Daniel collided with a fan who had stumbled in his way on Wednesday, July 6th, 2022. The unfortunate mishap has caused the rider to retreat from the Tour, unwillingly.
On Thursday, 7th July, the team TotalEnergies took to their Twitter to announce the exit of their rider. The team confirmed:
Additional examinations revealed a fracture of a vertebra, requiring immobilization for a few weeks. Daniel Oss is therefore forced to leave the Tour de France…
Les examens complémentaires ont mis en évidence une fracture d’une vertèbre cervicale nécessitant une immobilisation pour quelques semaines. Daniel Oss est donc contraint de quitter le Tour de France… 😢
Toute l’équipe te souhaite un bon rétablissement Daniel ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jGh0D2HOo7
— Team TotalEnergies (@TeamTotalEnrg) July 6, 2022
The collision happened on sector 3. The 35-year-old crashed into a fan who had skidded out of the designated path just a little. Surprisingly, Oss finished the stage, even with his injury. Michael Gogl (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) will also be absent from the upcoming stage 6 on Thursday, 7th July.
The extents of the injury are not clear yet, but one thing is sure, Oss will have to take a rest to make a recovery. He will be taking a break from the sport for some time. This loss will be greatly felt by Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) because Daniel was his wingman. The due rode their way into team TotalEnergies together, quitting Bora-Hansgrohe at the start of 2022.
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This is not the first time a rider had to suffer because of a fan. Yves Lampaert met the same fate when he crashed into a fan who was leaning in on the road. Last year, the whole Jumbo-Visma team crashed because of a fan who was holding a sign. Although the fan was fined for being so careless, we should practice caution in such scenarios, not for ourselves only, but for the safety of everyone around.
We wish Daniel Oss a speedy recovery.
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