In a bid to continue his comeback in the sport of professional cycling, seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was racing in the Vuelta a Castilla y León in Spain today where he suffered an accident not far from the finish line, breaking his collarbone in the process.
According to VeloNews , Armstrong was in a pack of riders flying over a rough patch of road in very close proximity to one another. One of the riders lost control, sending at least a dozen riders to the ground, including Armstrong, who was seen alongside the road, clutching his arm shortly there after.
Lance was taken to a hospital for an X-ray where it was determined that he suffered a “fracture of the third medio of the right clavicle”, ending his ride in the Vuelta a Castilla y León for this year, and casting serious doubt in his ability to be ready for the Giro d’Italia, one of the major European cycling classics held in Italy each May.
The break is reportedly a clean one, and the Outside Blog quotes Astana team director, Johan Bruyneel as saying “Clean collarbone fracture without complications. Should be fast recovery.”
For now, Armstrong will return home to the U.S. where he’ll rest and recover for a bit. He won’t be getting on a bike again real soon, but hopefully he’ll still get a chance to ride in the Giro. It’s a race that Lance hasn’t participated in before, and I was looking forward to watching him compete in the three-week long event that often serves as a warm-up for the le Tour.
Get well soon Lance, and we’ll see you back here in Austin in a few days.
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