Blow to Pogacar as Rafal Majka leaves the Tour de France ahead of stage 17

Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) has been forced to leave the Tour de France ahead of stage 17, following a thigh strain injury incurred when his chain broke on stage 16 of the race. It is a major blow to Tadej Pogacar’s yellow jersey ambitions because Majka was his best servant for the mountains.

A statement from UAE Team Emirates just before the stage start on Wednesday afternoon read:

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