T-Mobile's Eric Baumann was diagnosed with broken tibia and fibula bones after crashing heavily in the Volta ao Algarve's last stage. The 25 year-old sprinter attempted to go for the win in Portimao, but touched wheels with his teammate Thomas Ziegler and came to a fall.
"It was a kamikaze finale," said Baumann, who was transported back to Freiburg, Germany, to undergo surgery. "There had been crashes shortly before, too. Thommy led the sprint for me but had to swerve to avoid colliding with the rider in front of him. I touched his wheel and hit the curb hard. I guess that’s a sprinter’s lot..."
The rider from former East Germany will have to rest for approximately sic weeks before being able to resume training.