Wouter Weylandt of Team Quick Step was hit by a car while training in Denia, Spain. The 23 year-old was hit hard enough to throw him into the car's windshield. He needed 15 stitches to his arm and elbow, and also suffered two bruised ribs. His participation in the Vuelta a España is now in question.
It was by no means his first crash of the season. "Every time I start to ride well, I go down," he wryly told sportwereld.be. A crash in the Volta a Algarve wiped out much of his spring. He suffered a concussion when he crashed in a derny criterium near his home in Gent, and also crashed in the closing sprint of the Belgian national championship. "It can stop now!" he concluded.(SW)