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Broken collarbone for Nuyens

Nick Nuyens of Cofidis took a dramatic tumble within sight of stage four's finish line, and it marked the end of his Giro d'Italia. His manager Jef Van den Bosch confirmed to hln.be that the Belgian had broken his right collarbone. He was to fly home on Wednesday and expected to undergo surgery the same day.

It was the first broken collarbone in his six-year career. "Now I am a real pro!" the 28 year-old joked on sporza.be. "I was accidentally in the sprint, on McEwen's wheel," Nuyens explained. "Suddenly I was hit by a rider from CSF [Group Navigare]. I lost my balance, and plop! there I lay on the ground."

He expects to rest and recover for 10 days before resuming training. "I won't force anything. I will fully recover first." (SW)

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