Armstrong crashes out of Castilla y León
By Andrew Hood
Posted Mar. 23, 2009
2009 Castilla y Leon, stage 1: Armstrong said a Giro attempt would be “complicated.”
Photo: Agence France Presse
Lance Armstrong crashed hard in Monday’s opening stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Palencia, Spain.
Race organizers and the Astana team doctor confirmed that the seven-time Tour de France champion had broken his right collarbone after Armstrong underwent an X-ray at a hospital in the city of Valladolid.
“Lance suffered a fracture of the middle third of the right collarbone as well as some bruises on his right hip and arm,” said team doctor Pedro Celaya, who was with Armstrong at the hospital.
Armstrong left the hospital Monday evening and said he was “miserable.”
“It has never happened before, I feel very disappointed,” he told reporters as he left the hospital. “I feel miserable right now so I have to relax a few days.”
2009 Castilla y Leon, stage 1: The crash scene.
Photo: Graham WatsonHe nodded when asked if he would return to the United States, telling reporters his participation in the Giro d’Italia in May “will be very complicated.”