Baumann breaks shoulder in crash with car

By Susan Westemeyer T-Mobile sprinter Eric Baumann suffered a broken shoulder blade in a training...

By Susan Westemeyer

T-Mobile sprinter Eric Baumann suffered a broken shoulder blade in a training accident Tuesday, and was lucky that it wasn't worse. He was on a descent when he rode head on into an oncoming car and he flew into the car's windshield. He was knocked unconscious, but didn't suffer any head wounds other than a few facial cuts.

The 27 year-old will remain in the hospital in Leipzig until Thursday for observation. He will probably start training again soon, but only his legs. "He won't be able to pull on the handlebars - and that is definitely a handicap for a sprinter like him," said team doctor Helge Riepenhoff on the team's website, T-Mobile-team.com.

Baumann recently won a stage in the Sachsen Rundfahrt, and was scheduled to ride the Regio-Tour later this month, and the Vuelta a Espana, but now those races will not be possible.

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