Norwegian cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on Thursday, when he got caught in what his team, Sky, called a “high-speed crash” that flung Hagen off his bike and onto the ground. He broke his shoulder and ended up being forced out of the race.
“It’s very sad for Norway, but also a gigantic loss for Team Sky, which has now lost one of its decidedly best support riders,” said Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s commentator Jann Post. Hagen has played a major role in supporting Sky’s cycling star Chris Froome.
Boasson managed to get back on his bike after the crash and ride over the finish line at Tours, but was clearly in pain. Two hours later, doctors confirmed his right shoulder was broken and he had to drop out of the Tour de France. He won’t need surgery but was sent home to Norway for more examination and treatment.
Sky officials, calling him an “invaluable” member, said the injury “was a real shame for Edvald and a setback for the team.” They said they looked forward “to seeing him racing again sometime over the summer.”