Hard blow for Pogacar as Rafal Majka leaves the Tour de France before stage 17

Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) was forced out of the Tour de France ahead of stage 17, following a thigh injury sustained when his chain broke on stage 16 of the race. It’s a blow to Tadej Pogacar’s yellow jersey ambitions as Majka was his best domestic for the mountains.

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

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