No fractures for Izagirre after Ruta del Sol crash

Spanish time trial champion abandons race but escapes serious injury

Spanish time trial champion Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) crashed out of the Ruta del Sol in Friday's third stage, but the 28-year-old appears to have avoided serious injury.

Izagirre started the stage 3 time trial in Lucena, Spain, sitting fourth overall but took a hard fall that forced him to abandon the race. The crash left Izagirre in serious pain, but the team announced on Twitter a few hours later that he had not broken any bones in the incident.

Bahrain-Merida also posted a video of Izagirre in the team hotel.

"Bad luck today," Izagirre says in the video. "I crashed in the downhill and we'll see in the next race."

Although Izagirre's rough day leaves Bahrain-Merida down a man heading into Saturday's fourth stage, the team does still have a pair of riders in the top 10 in Ondrej Cink and Javier Moreno, sitting ninth and 10th overall after stage 3. Movistar's Alejandro Valverde currently leads the race, with a one-second advantage over Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador.

It remains to be seen whether Izagirre will be ready for Paris-Nice, the next event on his planned 2017 race calendar. He finished fifth overall there in 2016.

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