No fracture for Klöden

RadioShack rider to decide today if he will ride further

RadioShack's Andreas Klöden was amongst the lucky riders who crashed on stage nine - and remained lucky. After undergoing x-rays in a hospital in the evening, the German was reassured he had not broken anything, suffering only hematoma and severe muscle tenseness on his back.

Still, team spokesman Philippe Maertens told that "Klöden is going to do a test ride on Monday and then decide if he'll continue the race."

The 36-year-old, one of the team's GC hopes, lost eight seconds on the other favourites on the crash-marred stage. His teammates Janez Brajkovic and Chris Horner were forced to abandon the event earlier in the week.


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