Lancaster recovering after tough day

By John Trevorrow in London, England Australia's Brent Lancaster is looking forward to getting some...

By John Trevorrow in London, England

Australia's Brent Lancaster is looking forward to getting some rest overnight, having endured a rough 24 hours since the Tour de France-opening London Prologue. The Team Milram lead-out man battled with illness prior to Stage 1 only to be brought down in another rider's crash during the day's stage."An Agritubel guy hit one of the traffic islands about 50 kilometres to go and the next thing I know, I'm flying through the air," recalled Lancaster. "The main thing was to turn in the air so I didn't land on my bad collar-bone. I managed to save the shoulder but I've got a real sore back though."

The accident only compounded the Tour debutante's problems, having suffered from a lack of sleep and inability to eat the previous night. "I was throwing up and only got about two hours sleep. I couldn't keep anything down this morning either, so I rode the stage on nothing and I can tell you I am pretty knackered," he explained. "Not the way I wanted to start my first Tour de France. It can only get better!"

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