Rigoberto Uran pulls out of Tour

Bourg-Saint-Maurice (France) (AFP) –


Colombian Rigoberto Uran, last year's runner-up and leader of the EF-Drapac team, pulled out of the Tour de France ahead of Thursday's 12th stage after succumbing to injuries sustained in a ninth stage fall, his team said.

"Today I have to share some bad news. I didn?t recover after the crash. Yesterday in the first real climb, all day, there was pain in my body," Uran said in a post to Twitter.

Uran injured his left leg and arm in Sunday's tumble between Arras and Roubaix and his team said that had made his withdrawal inevitable.

After a rest day on Monday he suffered in the first of three mountain stages in the Alps and trundled in almost half an hour behind stage Geraint Thomas of Sky.