Ineos Grenadiers rider Tao Geoghegan Hart is out of the Paris-Nice race after injuring his wrist in a crash on stage 4.
The Briton, who gained final yr’s Giro d’Italia, fell on to his right-hand facet half-way via a quick hairpin nook.
He initially continued, however later it was confirmed he had deserted the race and had been taken to hospital.
Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic gained the stage and took the general lead.
It is bitter blow to Geoghegan Hart, who was contesting solely his second race since successful final yr’s Giro in spectacular circumstances in Milan.
Ineos, who noticed their new signing Adam Yates undergo facial accidents after a crash throughout February’s UAE Tour, already misplaced Australian veteran Richie Porte on stage one on Sunday.
After Wednesday’s 188km stage from Chalon-sur-Saone to Chiroubles, they’ll now look to Laurens de Plus for his or her normal classification hope.
Meanwhile, Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert gained stage one of many Tirreno-Adriatico race in a bunch dash after a 156km stage that began and completed in Lido di Camaiore.
Ineos’ 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Bike Exchange’s Simon Yates are competing within the week-long stage race.