Team High Road's Marcus Burghardt was injured in a freak accident while training on Monday at an unofficial team training camp on Mallorca. The 24-year-old was doing sprint training when the chain slipped off the ring at full speed and Burghardt rammed his right knee into the handlebars.
He was taken to a hospital in Palma, but no diagnosis has yet been announced. The Gent-Wevelgem winner has returned to Germany for further examination and has cancelled his planned participation in a 'cross race this weekend.
Since last Saturday, a group of about 25 riders – most still wearing the T-Mobile gear – as well as sport managers, mechanics, soigneurs and numerous administrative have been at the Read's Hotel Santa Maria del Camí, a hotel in rural Mallorca for the early season camp.