By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
Garmin-Chipotle's Blake Caldwell, runner-up at the recent US professional road championships, crashed during the individual time trial of the Tour of Missouri. The 23 year-old from Boulder, Colorado suffered numerous injuries, including a broken hip (illiac crest) collarbone and a lacerated lung, team director Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews.
Caldwell also injured his head in the crash with reports that he lost consciousness for a moment. But he was alert and responsive when medical attention quickly arrived on the scene, and transported him by ambulance to nearby St. John's Hospital in Branson.
Caldwell lost control in a turn at the bottom of a fast descent of the 18-mile course, possibly from a tire puncture or related malfunction.