Niki Terpstra who abandons after a fall 30 km from the finish (victim of a double fracture of the scapula), the sprint of Niccolo Bonifazio disrupted after hitting a mobile phone … The record of the day is heavy for Total Direct Energy.
"Be careful kidney. Do not fall ! " Jean-René Bernaudeau still has a bit of humor in Toulouse, when Rein Taaramae pretended not to be able to control his bike on the reels while recovering at the finish of this 11th stage.
The manager of Total Direct Energy does not want to lose his best rider for the mountain stages, which begin this Thursday with an arrival in Bagneres-de-Bigorre. The balance sheet of the day was heavy enough for the Vendée team to suffer a new disappointment. Dutchman Niki Terpstra dropped 30 km from the finish after a fall (he suffers from a double fracture of the scapula and ligamentous injury). And Niccolo Bonifazio, first locked by Caleb Ewan, saw his sprint permanently interrupted after hitting the phone of a spectator with his arm too tight. "It's bad luck. It's a year of shit, did not hide, hot, Jean-Rene Bernaudeau. He was just coming back (after a fall, already, in the classics)the condition was good. "
While Niki Terpstra was playing a radio to assess the severity of his injury (fractured collarbone?), Niccolo Bonifazio was expressing his anger on the bus. "Wait a minute before talking to him, he's banging on the walls, warned Jean-Rene Bernaudeau. He's crazy there, it was second minimum on arrival, second minimum! "
A result that would have been good for a team that has struggled to express itself since the start of the Tour. At 25, Niccolo Bonifazio will have to wait for him before clinching his first top 10 on the Tour de France (12th in Toulouse). "There was a dangerous bend in the last 400 meters, says the Italian sprinter. I started my sprint, but I had to brake because Caleb Ewan was in front of me. I wanted to go on his left but I hit something. But I did not see what it was. After that, the bike stopped, I could not pedal anymore. "
Total Direct Energy will still have spent the day ahead, with Lilian Calmejane who was in the breakaway of the day. "Lilian it will do him good. It will put him in trust. It is not started », positive Jean-René Bernaudeau. He needed it.
Tour de France. Bonifazio bumping into a phone, dropping Terpstra … The dark day of Total Direct EnergyOuest-France.fr