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March 24, 2009 11:15 AM

Down Goes Lance! Down Goes Lance!


Lance Armstrong, everyone's favorite (only?) cyclist, took a nasty spill yesterday, and now the Tour de France may be in doubt.

Armstrong, riding in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon stage race in Spain, got caught in a pile-up of other cyclists and went tumbling over his bike. The fall left the seven-time Tour de France winner with a broken right collarbone that requires surgery. Of course, he mentioned it on his Twitter feed.

"I'm alive! Broken clavicle (right). Hurts like hell for now. Surgery in a couple of days. Thanks for all the well wishes."
Armstrong, who is already on his way back home for surgery and rehab, may be forced to miss this year's Tour de France, which begins July 4th.
Astana team leader Johan Bruyneel said on his Twitter feed there were no complications in the break, and suggested Armstrong could be riding soon.

"Clean collarbone fracture," Bruyneel said. "Should be fast recovery."

Added Astana spokesman Philippe Maertens: "We are confident he can still race the Tour de France, of course. He will be off the bike, but he can still do condition training."

"The crash has put my upcoming calendar in jeopardy, but the most important thing for me right now is to get back home and rest up and begin my rehab," he said in a statement. Hey, wait -- that's more than 140 characters!

Picture: AFP

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