Peter Wrolich of Team Gerolsteiner hoped to defend his sixth place overall in the second stage of the Tour de L'Ain, but a crash sent him first to the hospital and then home to Austria.
Heavy rain dominated Monday's stage from Trévoux to Hauteville Lompnès. The Austrian sprinter was in the leading group, when Christophe Moreau of Agritubel brought him down at a traffic circle. "I had no chance to avoid him. Moreau blasted full into me. Both of us landed on the street and we were both taken to the hospital. My knee now has six stitches."
Wrolich plans to fly home this morning and hopes to resume training on Friday. (SW)