Team Astana's Sergey Renev suffered a fracture of his collarbone five kilometres from the finish of Critérium International's opening stage in Charleville-Mézières, France. Three of Renev's Astana teammates, Janez Brajkovic, Steve Morabito and Andrey Zeits, also went down in the pileup but were able to continue without any injuries.
Renev was transported via ambulance to the hospital in Charleville-Mézières where the Team Director Alain Gallopin and team doctor confirmed the Kazakh broke his right clavicle, the same fracture which afflicted teammate Lance Armstrong earlier this week at the Castilla y León stage race.
Renev was then transported to Belgium where he underwent an operation in a hospital in Waregem on Sunday. Renev will travel to his residence in Italy and then to Kazakhstan where he will recover with his family.