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Crash mars Vuelta finale

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Cycling News
Published:
September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:50 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, September 21, 2008

A crash in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a España's last stage in Madrid on Sunday marred an...

A crash in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a España's last stage in Madrid on Sunday marred an otherwise perfect day of racing in the Spanish capital. Caisse d'Epargne's Joaquin Rodriguez was one of the riders who went down, and was suspected to have a fractured clavicle, which could have ended his participation in next week's World Championships.

EFE reported that Rodriguez received stitches on his left arm, but did not sustain any broken bones. He finished the final stage, and kept his sixth place in the final general classification. He could still be in doubt for the Worlds, in which case his teammate Pablo Lastras or Astana's Jose Luis Rubiera could be called in as a replacement.

Andalucia-Cayasur's Jose Ruiz also finished the race, but was later taken to the hospital with a suspected collarbone fracture.

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