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July 04, 2006

O'Grady doubtful for Stage 4

VeloNews | O'Grady doubtful after crash

Team CSC has suffered another blow, as Australian sprint specialist Stuart O'Grady may exit the Tour tomorrow. O'Grady finished the day's stage more than 11 minutes down, then was taken to a hospital where doctors diagnosed a fractured vertebra. CSC, already down a rider with the withdrawal of team leader Ivan Basso, will wait until Wednesday morning to decide whether O'Grady can ride Stage 4.

CyclingNews.com reports that American Chris Horner believed he had broken his hand during today's stage, but X-rays were negative, and Horner should start tomorrow.

CyclingNews also notes that Horner's teammate Fred Rodriguez suffered a concussion, and that Erik Dekker of Rabobank suffered both a concussion and “serious facial injuries: abrasions, facial trauma, a contusion, a ripped upper lip, as well as a couple of broken teeth. He was kept unconscious on Tuesday night so that his face could be cleaned.”

Posted by Frank Steele on July 4, 2006 in Chris Horner, Erik Dekker, Fred Rodriguez, Stuart O'Grady, Top Stories, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink

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Comments

How hard do you think Lance is kicking himself for having retired last year? It won't be much longer, apparently, before we get to the point where he could've won this Tour with his eyes closed - while riding backward.

Posted by: Jarrett at Jul 5, 2006 4:45:29 PM

What happened to Manuel Beltran?

Posted by: Don Harand at Jul 6, 2006 8:53:19 PM

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