Tough day for Gesink in Tour de France

10th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

In spite of winning his second white jersey in two days for the highest position among the 25-and-under cyclists in the Tour de France, Rabobank cyclist Robert Gesink is looking sombre.

His hopes of winning the yellow jersey are looking slimmer by the day. Yesterday he climbed onto the stage to receive his first white jersey just 20 seconds behind the race leader Thor Hushovd.

But injuries sustained in Wednesday's fall are taking their toll. Today he has dropped more than a minute behind into overall 17th place from 10th place.

It was the eighth day of the tour and the first test in the mountains. It's the high mountains where father-to-be Gesink expects to excel, but the Dutch favourite had to be helped by his fellow team members in a protective ring around him.

Time to heal Technical manager Erik Breukink admitted that no-one was cheering on Friday when he came in in the first group. There are serious concerns about his physical condition.

Sunday's course will take the cyclists over a grueling 208 kilometres with eight climbs, before the much needed day of rest on Monday. The question is will that be enough time for Gesink's injuries to heal.

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