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Broken collarbone for Sivtsov

Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Columbia-HTC) during the Giro d'Italia.

Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Columbia-HTC) during the Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Columbia-HTC's Kanstantsin Sivtsov was forced to drop out of the Tour of Poland after breaking his collarbone in a crash on Monday's second stage.

"He finished the stage, but went straight to hospital afterwards," said team director Tristan Hoffman. "Today [Tuesday] he flew to Hamburg and doctors confirmed that he has a broken collarbone."

"We wish him all the best from here for a fast and safe recovery."

The bad news of the Belarusian's departure was balanced by the team taking over the race lead in Poland. Sprinter Andre Greipel took third place on the stage, but the time bonus was enough to put him into the overall lead. He is tied on time with stage three winner Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas), stage one winner Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) and stage two winner Angelo Furlan (Lampre NGC).

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