Tour de France Thibaut Pinot shaken up after William Bonnet crash

A serious injury to team-mate William Bonnet threw Thibaut Pinot during the Tour de France on Monday.

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FDJ.fr rider Thibaut Pinot said the sight of team-mate William Bonnet crashing in the Tour de France drained him during Monday's tumultuous stage.

Joaquim Rodriguez emerged the victor of stage three from Antwerp to Huy, with the likes of Fabian Cancellara and Simon Gerrans casualties from the 2015 race.

Bonnet suffered a multi-fragmented fracture of the second cervical vertebra in his peloton-splitting fall, and Pinot - who won the young rider classification at the Tour in 2014 - said witnessing his team-mate's high-speed fall shook him.

"I saw William Bonnet crashing in front of me while he was coming to help me. That was traumatic," Pinot told reporters.

"After that, my legs were gone, I had no strength, nothing. He fell at 80kph and I really didn't feel good after that."

Pinot said salt into Bonnet's physical and his own mental wounds was a poor finish to the stage - which was halted for about 20 minutes as some sought medical assistance.

"I wasn't feeling good, I was dropped near the summit of the penultimate climb. It was a day to forget," the Frenchman continued.

"I didn't have any strength, I had nothing. It was very difficult.

"I've put in a lot of preparation for this Tour so to be three minutes down on GC after three days is disappointing.

"But that's sport."

Pinot is 27th in the general classification (GC) standings, two minutes and 58 seconds behind new leader Chris Froome heading into Tuesday's 223.5-kilometre trek from Seraing to Cambrai.

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