Not everyone could celebrate the successful finish of another flat stage of the Tour de France. Caisse d'Epargne's Xabier Zandio fell victim to a crash in Stage 4, during which he broke his right collarbone. Zandio hasn't had the best luck during this Tour; he took a fall in a crash in Stage 1.
Zandio crashed while in the middle of the bunch. After the crash, he was transferred to Coulommiers, where he underwent x-rays to confirm his condition. The racer from Navarra will return tonight to Pamplona, where he will undergo an operation.
"He had almost completely recovered after the crash of the first day, but it was really bad luck for him one more time," said teammate Oscar Pereiro after the race. "Xabier was one of the key pieces of the team, mainly for the mountain stages, and we will really miss him. And I do not speak only about the sportsman, but also about the great friend he is for everybody in the team."