The Iberian roads are proving dangerous for professional cyclists with crashes resulting in serious injuries for two riders this week.
John-Lee Augustyn Barloworld crashed during the closing time-trial in the Volta a Portugal, breaking his femur. He was immediately taken to a hospital in Visue, where he underwent emergency surgery.
Matt White of Discovery Channel had a run-in with one of those dogs who seem to be plaguing the peloton this year. While out training with Julian Dean, White collided with a dog who ran into the road. The dog walked away, but White didn't, suffering a double skull fracture. It was not known whether he was wearing a helmet.
White will remain in the hospital for four or five days, according to thepaceline.com. His wife, Jane, reports that he is "banged up and tired," but otherwise fine.