Erviti abandons; Gutiérrez in serious doubt
06 July 2012

Tour de France

Imanol to be operated from deep wound in his right leg, to be kept at hospital for 48 hours - Iván suffers from a deep blow in his right knee and might not be able to take the start tomorrow

The worst expectations ended up becoming reality as Movistar Team loses another one from their nine initial riders in the 2012 Tour de France due to crashes. After José Joaquín Rojas’s abandon last Tuesday due to a broken collarbone, the medical checks undergone at the Hôpital Bon Secours in Metz by Imanol Erviti confirmed that the Spaniard will heave to leave the race. Erviti has a deep wound in his right leg with loss of muscular mass that will require surgery -probably, already tonight- and will keep him at the French medical center for 48 hours. In turn, Iván Gutiérrez is into serious doubt to take the start on tomorrow’s stage as he suffers from a huge blow in his right knee that makes walking almost impossible for him and, even though the x-rays discard any fracture or fissure, could have his kneecap cartilage affected. His continuity at the French grandtour will be decided in the hours leading to the start of stage seven.