Dan Fleeman of Cervelo TestTeam was forced to abandon the Bayern Rundfahrt after seriously injuring a finger during an incident involving a stray car on the course during Thursday's second stage. The British rider, who had high hopes for stage two, spent most of the day in the hospital after almost completely severing the tendons in his finger.
"A car had found its way onto the course, I came through a corner and there were guys everywhere," said Fleeman. "I was weaving my way through when all of a sudden a police motorbike just stopped in front of me. I hit it and it then toppled over on me.
"When I got to the hospital the doctors told me I was millimeters from severing the tendons, it's my index finger as well, so the one you break and shift gears with.
"I am definitely counting my blessings tonight, but I'm gutted to be out of the race."
Fleeman will be unable to use his hand for a week and hopes to recover in time for the GP Triberg Schwarzwald in Germany and GP Gippingen in Switzerland.