Armstrong Crashes in Spain, Broken Clavicle

On a particularly rough road in the first stage of the 5-day Vuelta a Castilla y León stage race, Lance Armstrong was caught in a 10-rider pile up.  Race organizers confirmed “Armstrong suffered a fracture of the third medio of the right clavicle (aka: Collarbone).”

Their statement said Armstrong will leave the hospital this evening.

Spaniard Joaquin Sobrino (Burgos Monumental) won the stage ahead of David Vitoria (Rock Racing).  In 2004, Tyler Hamilton broke his collarbone during the Tour de France and went on to finish in fourth place overall.

Armstrong’s next race is the Giro d’Italia May 9-31, 2009.  Photo by Graham Watson, see his other shots and the rest of this story on VeloNews.

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