ProTour leader Danilo Di Luca suffered an interruption to his training for the HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg when he crashed heavily during training on Thursday morning. The Liquigas Bianchi rider came down on a descent in Bocca di Valle, near Chieti, hitting his right side hard. Di Luca was out training with Simone and Andrea Masciarelli plus the Ukrainian Kyrylo Pospeyev when the accident happened. The three riders helped him to return home.
"I have several cuts and bruises, especially at the top of my right thigh-bone and shoulder," he said. "But it is nothing too serious. I will have to slow my training but I still plan to return to racing on July 31st in Hamburg."
Di Luca has had a storming first half to the season, opening up a 72 point lead in the ProTour due to winning rides in the Flèche Wallonne, Amstel Gold Race and Vuelta a Pais Vasco, plus an excellent fourth place in the Giro d'Italia. He opted to sit out this year's Tour de France in order to maximise his chances of riding well in the second half of the season.