Suffering from saddle sore problems, Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN) abandons the Tour de France after stage 17.
“Over the past few days Søren has been suffering from saddle sore problems,” explained Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens. “The problems worsened yesterday and during today’s stage Søren was suffering even more. It doesn’t make sense for him to continue at the Tour de France.”
Søren added: “It’s obviously sad to leave the Tour but I’ve struggled with a saddle sore over the last few days and it got worse in today’s stage. The sensible decision is to pull out and focus on recovery.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek added: “The saddle sores definitely impacted Søren’s performance in the past few stages, it left him struggling to survive. He can look back proudly on his Tour. He was really strong and riding at a high level, doing a great job. We’re sad to see him leave but it is the right choice.”