Abandoned after Stage 15
Abandoned after Stage 14:
Abandoned after Stage 13 are:
Rian Van Zyl
I bet some of these folks didn't even know they WERE in the tour this year.
Of course, unlike the Tour de France, being abandoned doesn't mean being sent home early in shame and pain. You can mount up and ride (even win!) any future stage this year, you are just not eligible to be an official tour finisher for 2015 and earn your finisher jersey.
The Tour is one third complete at this juncture, seven stages done. Susan has been out of town competing in (another!) Ironman and will update the TMD standing shortly to reflect the past 2 stages.
I counted over 60 participants to date, and remember, you must complete 10 stages this year to qualify as a finisher, however, there is no limit as to how many you can miss in a row anymore. Abandons will start happening will riders do not have enough stages left to get their 10 in before the last stage in Oct. Anybody can still ride any given stage (and win!), whether they are an official 2015 tour participant or not. Often times newer riders work themselves into century fitness and confidence mid or late season as a "launch" to the next year's tour.
I was recently reminded that there have been no stage winner prizes awarded yet this year and I intend to rectify that. Stage winners to date WILL get a cool Mad Dog decal -- see me at future ride starts to settle up (I need to get a few more ordered).
Plus, Carla, Erik, and Nate, you STILL haven't picked up your award finisher jerseys from 2014.