Juan Manuel Gárate of Rabobank broke a bone in his hand in a crash Saturday in the Clásica San Sebastián. It is expected to heal in time for him to start the Vuelta a España on August 29.
Gárate, winner of Tour de France stage to Mont Ventoux, was descending the Jaizkibel in heavy rain with teammate Oscar Freire. Both went down, with Freire uninjured. Doctors took Gárate to the San Sebastián hospital where they diagnosed and plastered a broken middle hand bone.
Gárate finished second in the race in 2007. It takes places near his home, his house is at the foot of the Jaizkibel.