Chris Horner suffers leg fracture

Chris Horner (Astana) can't decide to laugh or cry over the race.

Chris Horner (Astana) can't decide to laugh or cry over the race. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

 What was previously believed to be a muscle injury has turned out to be more serious for American Chris Horner. Imaging tests have revealed a hairline crack in a bone in his left leg, the Astana team announced Thursday.

The fracture, more specifically in the "lateral tibia plateau" will require the Oregon resident to take two weeks off the bike, but he is still hopeful that he will be able to ride in the Tour de France in July.

Horner crashed in early in stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia when two riders went down in front of him. He finished the 262km stage, but abandoned the race the next morning when he had difficulty walking. His doctors reported that he does not have any injury to the cartilage in his knee and his injury should heal quickly.

It is the second time this season Horner has been put out of commission due to a broken bone. He fractured his collarbone and a rib in the Tour of the Basque Country on April 9.

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