Tao Geoghegan Hart was taken to hospital for checks after being left feeling “a bit dizzy” following the crash which ended his participation in Paris-Nice.
The Giro d’Italia winner came off his bike on the descent of the penultimate climb, Mont Brouilly, around 19 kilometres from the end of the 187.6km fourth stage from Chalon-sur-Saone to Chiroubles.
The 25-year-old Londoner remounted and attempted to finish the stage with the help of his Ineos Grenadiers teammates but was in obvious pain, and the team revealed after the stage that they were concerned he had taken a blow to the head in the incident.
The Ineos sports director, Gabriel Rasch, said: “On the descent there his front wheel slipped in the corner. He was in fourth position so it was really bad luck. I don’t know if there was some gravel or why exactly he slipped. He landed on his face and his head and his knee pretty badly. He felt a bit dizzy and we thought it was the right decision to stop him and not take any risks.”
Geoghegan Hart later posted on Twitter: “Landed on my head today. Thank you INEOSGrenadiers & the medical team for putting my long-term welfare first when it was clear I wasn’t 100%. Little rest, no screen-time & hopefully back soon. Ciao all x”
Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic attacked from the peloton 3km from the summit finish to take victory, and with it claimed the leader’s yellow jersey from Stefan Bissegger of EF Education-Nippo. Roglic now leads the race by 35 seconds from Bora-Hansgrohe’s Max Schachmann.
Meanwhile, Roglic’s teammate Wout Van Aert won the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in a sprint finish, with general classification hopes Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates finishing safely in the pack.