Fabian Cancellara was one of the victims of a horrific crash during Monday's Stage 3 of the 2015 Tour de France, and the former race leader will not start on Tuesday after suffering two fractured vertebrae.
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Cancellara Fractures Vertebrae in Crash, Tour de France Over
Monday, July 6
Cancellara's worst fears were confirmed when scans revealed two fractured vertebrae, via Sky Sports. Following the announcement, Cancellara discussed the end of his tour on his Twitter account:
Spartacus, who started the day wearing the yellow jersey, was one of many riders to hit the asphalt on the way to Huy in a massive crash at tremendous speeds. Here's footage of the incident, courtesy of British Eurosport:
Several riders, including stage favourites Tom Dumoulin and Simon Gerrans, abandoned the race on the spot, while Cancellara got back on his bike and managed to reach the finish line at the top of the Mur de Huy. He lost over 10 minutes in the standings, however, and was clearly in pain.
Team manager Luca Guercilena told Sky Sports the veteran felt some pain in his back, a bad sign after breaking his back earlier this season.
It's an unfortunate end to Spartacus' 2015 Tour de France, another setback in a season that saw the spring Classics specialist win no major races due to injury and loss of form earlier this year.
The 34-year-old will likely take his time to recover from this latest injury, making sure he's back to his best for the 2006 editions of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.