Jack Bauer has abandoned the Tour de France after crashing out twice during a rainy Stage 5 on Wednesday. Looking worse for wear, the New Zealander’s team Cannondale-Garmin later revealed he was on his way to the hospital.
— RIDE Cycling Review (@ridemediaHQ) July 8, 2015
Jack Bauer crashed heavily twice today, & is currently enroute to hospital where he will be evaluated by team medical staff. #TdF2015
— Cannondale-Garmin (@Ride_Argyle) July 8, 2015
As of Wednesday afternoon, his exact injuries were unknown, but cycling fans who double as fans of the show “24,” which, of course, features a main character named Jack Bauer, hope the cyclist recovers quickly.
If your name is Jack Bauer, you cannot just abandon the TDF like that. He's going to come back on the last stage. It was just a trick.
— The Last Badasstion (@lastbadasstion) July 8, 2015
Jack Bauer has abandoned the Tour. Who will protect them from the terrorists now?
— Laura Weislo (@Laura_Weislo) July 8, 2015
It wasn’t terrorists who brought Bauer down, but bad luck. He had a similar experience during Stage 3 when he got caught up in a massive crash that led race referees to postpone the match by 18 minutes so medical staff could treat the nearly two-dozen injured.
That crash led then-race leader Fabian Cancellara of Trek Factory Racing to withdraw, as well as white jersey-bearer, a.k.a. the best young rider, Tom Dumoulin of Team Giant-Alpecin to abandon.
In total, nine riders have abandoned the race so far. Along with Bauer, Cancellara and Dumoulin, Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey of Orica Greenedge, William Bonnet of FDJ, Andres Schillinger of Bora-Argon 18, Nacer Bouhanni of Cofidis Solutions Credit and Dmitry Kozontchuk of Team Katusha.