Huge Crash Takes Out Riders on Stage 3 of the Tour de France

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterJuly 6, 2015

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The Tour de France only began on Saturday, but it is already over for some riders after a huge crash on Monday. 

Midway through Stage 3, around 20 riders went down after William Bonnet crashed near the front of the peloton. 

Daily Mail Online @MailOnline

Tour de France halted after one of the worst crashes in its history http://t.co/U5uyPVWV8w https://t.co/R0H1ZUepIS

Cycling Weekly reported that "several riders were forced to abandon the race" due to the crash. Race organizers temporarily halted the stage, as "the number of doctors that had to stay behind at the scene would have meant it was unsafe for the peloton to ride ahead," according to the Daily Mail's Nicholas Godden.

ITV Cycling @itvcycling

VIDEO Terrifying high-speed crash on Stage 3 halts race: http://t.co/UltNJg0lrd #TDF2015 http://t.co/pDDacvmuoI

Among those out of the race is Giant-Alpecin's Tom Dumoulin, who was in third place at the time of the crash, per the Guardian. Yellow jersey leader Fabian Cancellara also crashed, and while he was able to continue, he lost time and the leader's jersey.

A few hours after the stage finished, Cancellara withdrew from the race with two fractured vertebrae. 

Sky Cycling 🚴 @SkyCycling

Huge crash. Cancellara down but back up riding. Lots others involved. Follow live: http://t.co/TpLnnXG6Gl #TDF2015 http://t.co/fyoHmenjOb

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

BREAKING: Fabian Cancellara out of Tour De France with two fractured vertebrae #SSNHQ

Team Sky's Chris Froome, who finished second in the stage, took the overall race lead.

Fabian Cancellara @f_cancellara

Just left the hospital with a huge disappointment #TDF2015 is over broke some bones on my back again as in spring. #L3/L4right side

The Tour de France runs until July 26.

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