July 12, 2007
Klöden, Vino checked at hospital; both hope to start Stage 6
Although Alexandre Vinokourov suffered greater damage to his overall Tour placing today, teammate Andreas Klöden may be suffering more from his injuries.
Klöden, sitting in 2nd overall, 33 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara, may have a fractured coccyx, and both riders were taken to the hospital after the stage.
A story from The Guardian quotes Astana manager Marc Biver saying “I'm more worried about Klödi,” and calls Klöden “a major doubt for Friday's sixth stage.”
Update: PodiumCafe.com has translations from German news stories suggesting Klöden has a hairline crack in his “scheissbein,” and that Vinokorov's knee wounds go all the way to muscle, requiring stitches.
Update: The latest update to the Guardian story notes that Klöden had a similar fracture in 2004, and says both riders hope to start tomorrow morning.
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I haven't seen the wreck, yet, but it must've been pretty gnarly.
Posted by: Brian Ellison at Jul 12, 2007 4:37:49 PM