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by Shane Stokes
August 26, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up
US road race champion Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport) and Merhawi Kudus (Team Dimension Data) crashed out of the Vuelta a España on Friday, going down in a bizarre crash approximately 100 kilometres into the stage.
Warbasse said a wayward mountain bike was behind the incident, which caused a fracture to his thumb. Kudus’ Team Dimension Data squad didn’t initially confirm the exact nature of his injuries, but he was unable to continue.
Warbasse explained what happened. “My memory of the crash was that there was a mountain bike laying in the middle of the road,” he said. “We were in a cross wind section in the gutter. We were full gas – I didn’t see the mountain bike until it was too late, until it was in front of me. Either I hit it or someone else hit it – I am not sure. I went flying – it was cheese grater pavement so I have lost a lot of skin.
“I have a broken bone in my right thumb. I knew that it was gone as I tried to ride on my bike but it felt like my hand split in two when I put it on the handlebars. Then I got here to the hospital and I have been sitting waiting to my cast on my right hand. My left wrist started to swell up so I have had to go back and get an x-ray. I am waiting to hear what the deal is with that.” It is anticipated that he will be out of action for six to eight weeks, and that he will require surgery.
Team owner Rick Delaney said the team sent best wishes to Warbasse. “This is a really upsetting incident for the team. Larry is such an integral part of what we do. I would appeal to fans to take care when on the race route so that similar incidents like this do not happen again.”