"I can't tell you how sad I am, there's really no words. The
Tour de France was my primary goal of the year, and to miss it,
after previously being forced to skip the Ardennes Classic, it's
very disappointing," the 24-year-old, who underwent surgery on
Wednesday, said in a team statement.
"Now my focus is on making a full recovery and arriving in a
good condition for the second part of the year. Fortunately, the
season is still long and I hope to bounce back."
Alaphilippe won the Tour of California last year and finished
fourth in the Olympic road race in Rio de Janeiro.
This year, he finished fifth overall in the week-long Paris-Nice
race and third in the Milan-San Remo classic.
The Tour de France starts on July 1 in Duesseldorf, Germany.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)
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