TOMBLAINE, France - Canada's Ryder Hesjedal is now focusing on the London Olympics after a left leg and hip injury forced him out of the Tour de France.

The Giro d'Italia champion, who was injured during the crash-marred sixth stage of the race, did not join his Garmin teammates at the start of Stage 7 and was flying home later Saturday. His Garmin-Sharp team said that Hesjedal was not able to pedal normally.

Hesjedal was among at least two dozen riders caught up in a nasty crash with 26 kilometres left to go on Friday. He entered the day in ninth place but lost more than 13 minutes and dropped to 108th overall.

"The problem is that the swelling is to a degree that he can't actually bend his leg, and you obviously need to bend your leg to race a bike," Garmin manager Jonathan Vaughters said.

In a statement released by his team, Hesjedal said he was disappointed to abandon the race, ruing the fact that he was in good form and looking forward to reaching the mountains.

"I only took a few days off the bike after the Giro before I started training again, and I have been very focused on doing a great Tour," Hesjedal said. "It's a huge disappointment."

The Victoria native will now try to recover quickly in order to be ready for the London Games, where he is expected to compete with the Canadian team.

"I'll go home, keep working with the medical staff on my recovery, and re-focus everything on the Olympics," he said.

Another Garmin-Sharp rider, Robbie Hunter of South Africa, had to pull out ahead of Saturday's stage between Tomblaine and La Planche Des Belles Filles, in another blow to the American team.

Almost all of the Garmin cyclists were caught up in Friday's pileup, the worst on this year's race so far. Vaughters hopes his riders will be able to reach the first rest day next week without more trouble and recover from their injuries.

"Then I think we'll have to play sort of an open and aggressive game and see how it goes," he said. "First things first. First thing is just to get to the rest day in a survival mode."

Garmin has had its fair share of trouble since the Tour started. The team lost Tom Danielson on Friday night while sprinter Tyler Farrar, who has crashed several times, is still looking for his first stage win. Also this week, Garmin was embroiled in speculation surrounding the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Lance Armstrong.

A Dutch newspaper reported that several former teammates of the American — including two current Garmin riders and Vaughters — had struck a deal to testify against the seven-time Tour winner. Vaughters has dismissed the report as "completely untrue."

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  • Riders try and get back on their bicycles after crashing at some 25 kilometers from the finnish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • A doctor tends to Johan van Summeren of Belgium after a crash in the pack at some 25 kilometers from the finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. ( (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

  • Christian Vandevelde of the US waits for a mechanic to fix his bicycle after a crash in the pack at some 25 kilometers from the finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

  • Doctors tend to Wouter Poels of The Netherlands after a crash in the pack at some 20 kilometers from the finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

  • Grega Bole of Slovenia, standing left, points to his teammate Davide Vigano of Italy, while doctors tend to Wouter Poels of The Netherlands after a crash in thew pack at some 20 kilometers from he finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

  • Rob Ruijgh of The Netherlands, standing tends to his injured teammate Wouter Poels of The Netherlands, center, after a crash in thew pack at some 20 kilometers from he finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

  • Doctors tend to Davide Vigano of Italy after a crash in the pack at some 20 kilometers from he finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)



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    Canada's Ryder Hesjedal sprays sparkling wine after winning the 95th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Hesjedal won the 95th Giro d'Italia finishing 16 seconds ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez in the general classification after overhauling the Spaniard's lead on the final stage in Milan. Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind Rodriguez, but completed the 28.2-kilometer (17.52-mile) individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds to finish the race in a total time of 91 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds. He becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro. Marco Pinotti won the stage in 33:06. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

  • Ryder Hesjedal

    Canada's Ryder Hesjedal celebrates after winning the 95th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Hesjedal won the 95th Giro d'Italia finishing 16 seconds ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez in the general classification after overhauling the Spaniard's lead on the final stage in Milan. Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind Rodriguez, but completed the 28.2-kilometer (17.52-mile) individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds to finish the race in a total time of 91 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds. He becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro. Marco Pinotti won the stage in 33:06. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

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    Canada's Ryder Hesjedal poses for photographers with his trophy after winning the 95th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Hesjedal won the 95th Giro d'Italia finishing 16 seconds ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez in the general classification after overhauling the Spaniard's lead on the final stage in Milan. Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind Rodriguez, but completed the 28.2-kilometer (17.52-mile) individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds to finish the race in a total time of 91 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds. He becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro. Marco Pinotti won the stage in 33:06. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

  • Ryder Hesjedal

    Canada's Ryder Hesjedal kisses the pink jersey after winning the 95th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Hesjedal won the 95th Giro d'Italia finishing 16 seconds ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez in the general classification after overhauling the Spaniard's lead on the final stage in Milan. Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind Rodriguez, but completed the 28.2-kilometer (17.52-mile) individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds to finish the race in a total time of 91 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds. He becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro. Marco Pinotti won the stage in 33:06. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

  • Ryder Hesjedal

    Canada's Ryder Hesjedal celebrates after winning the 95th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Hesjedal won the 95th Giro d'Italia finishing 16 seconds ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez in the general classification after overhauling the Spaniard's lead on the final stage in Milan. Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind Rodriguez, but completed the 28.2-kilometer (17.52-mile) individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds to finish the race in a total time of 91 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds. He becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro. Marco Pinotti won the stage in 33:06. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

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    Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal (C) and Spanish Joaquim Rodriguez (L) ride on Mortirolo uphill during the Tour of Italy cycling race Giro's 20th stage, a 219km ride from Caldes Val di Sole to Passo dello Stelvio, on May 26, 2012 in Passo dello Stelvio. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ LUCA BETTINI (Photo credit should read LUCA BETTINI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Joaquin Rodriguez, Ryder Hesjedal

    Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez, left, and Canada's Ryder Hesjedal pedal during the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Caldes to Passo Dello Stelvio, Italy, Saturday, May 26, 2012.(AP Photo/Daniele Badolato)

  • Joaquin Rodriguez, Ryder Hesjedal

    Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez, right, and Canada's Ryder Hesjedal pedal during the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Caldes to Passo Dello Stelvio, Italy, Saturday, May 26, 2012.(AP Photo/Daniele Badolato)

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    Canada's Ryder Hesjedal pedals during the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Caldes to Passo dello Stelvio, Italy, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Thomas De Gendt won the grueling 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, reigniting his chances for a podium finish. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead. (AP Photo/Daniele Badolato)

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    Canada's Ryder Hesjedal crosses the finish line the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Caldes to Passo dello Stelvio, Italy, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Thomas De Gendt won the grueling 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, reigniting his chances for a podium finish. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

  • The pack pedals during the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Treviso to Val di Fiemme, Italy, Friday, May 25, 2012. With a superb final climb, Roman Kreuziger finished the penultimate mountain leg of the Giro in 6 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds. Ryder Hesjedal crossed 19 second behind him. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto)

  • The pack pedals during the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Treviso to Val di Fiemme, Italy, Friday, May 25, 2012. With a superb final climb, Roman Kreuziger finished the penultimate mountain leg of the Giro in 6 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds. Ryder Hesjedal crossed 19 second behind him. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto)

  • The pack pedals during the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Treviso to Val di Fiemme, Italy, Friday, May 25, 2012. With a superb final climb, Roman Kreuziger finished the penultimate mountain leg of the Giro in 6 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds. Ryder Hesjedal crossed 19 second behind him. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead. (AP Photo/Daniele Badolato)

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    Ryder Hesjedal, of Canada, celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Treviso to Val di Fiemme, Italy, Friday, May 25, 2012. With a superb final climb, Czech Republic's Roman Kreuziger finished the penultimate mountain leg of the Giro in 6 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds, while Hesjedal arrived 19 second behind him. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto)