Unibet.com's Baden Cooke crashed during the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday, breaking his collarbone, the team announced. The Australian rider had put in a strong showing at the Spanish event, having put in a solid challenge for the points jersey on the early stages in addition to finishing second behind compatriot Allan Davis (Discovery Channel) on the 182.1 kilometre Stage 3.
"Baden got off the road while he was avoiding a few riders and crashed," said Unibet.com directeur sportif Mathieu Hermans. "He will be out of competition for at least three weeks."
Cooke still held the points jersey, which was inevitably won by Denis Menchov (Rabobank), at the time of the incident.