Scheirlinckx crashes out

Belgian Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis) will be out of action for several weeks after crashing badly in...

Belgian Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis) will be out of action for several weeks after crashing badly in the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The one-time mountains classification leader came off after 96 km, breaking his collarbone, a bone in his hand, and two fingers.

"An ugly line through my account," Scheirlinckx told Belga. "Calculated on the day after I learned that I had been selected for the Tour. I most likely write that off now. The crash was very stupid. A rider in front of me avoided an obstacle too late and I had no room to move. Up on the footpath, against a traffic sign, and taken to the clinic. A painful end to a Giro that I should satisfied with. Even today I felt good again. I'll wait and see how the recovery goes. I have to put this into perspective. There are worse things in life than this.

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