Hirt crashes before start of the Tour de France

cycling29 June 2024 12:00| © Reuters
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Jan Hirt became the first rider to crash on this year's Tour de France when he came off his bike before the start of the opening stage on Saturday.


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The Czech rider crashed on his way to his Soudal Quick-Step team bus after signing the start sheet.

"There are 100 rules (to be respected) for the team but someone with a backpack knocked Jan Hirt down on his way from the signatures to the bus. Three broken teeth," team boss Patrick Lefevere wrote on X.

The first stage is a 206-km ride from Florence to Rimini.