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Clarke out of the Vuelta a Espana due to fractured shoulder

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Simon Clarke (Cannondale)

Simon Clarke (Cannondale) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thumbs up from Simon Clarke (Cannondale) after his victory

Thumbs up from Simon Clarke (Cannondale) after his victory (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) as most combative rider

Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) as most combative rider (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Simon Clarke (Cannondale) crashed hard but there were no broken bones for the Australian

Simon Clarke (Cannondale) crashed hard but there were no broken bones for the Australian (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac)

Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) will not start Wednesday's stage of the Vuelta a Espana after further medical checks and an MRI scan confirmed that he suffered a fractured scapula and a series of other shoulder injuries during his high-speed crash on stage 10 on Monday.

Clarke got back up to finish the stage, riding up the final climb to Lagos de Covadonga using just one arm. He vowed to try to stay in the race but headed home while his Cannondale-Drapac teammates prepared for the second half of the race and Wednesday's stage from Colunga to Pena Cabarga.

A Bankart lesion is an injury to the cartilage in the shoulder socket, a Hill-Sachs lesion is caused by the dislocation of the shoulder, while a SLAP Tear 5 is a muscle tear in the shoulder. It is not clear if Clarke will undergo surgery to help his recovery or if he will be able to race again this season.

The Cannondale-Drapac team confirmed that Clarke wouldn't start before heading to the start of the stage. He is the first rider from the US team to quit this year's Vuelta a Espana. The team hopes Andrew Talansky can fight for a top ten place in the overall classification with Joe Dombrowski and Pierre Rolland expected to target the remaining mountain stages.

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