Half a dozen riders crashed at high –speed at the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday but it seems that only Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo Test Team) and Frenchman Arnaud Coyot (Caisse d’Epargne) won’t start today’s 172.5km stage from Wettingen to Frutigen.
Haussler clashed with Cavendish and landed heavily at high speed. He got up and crossed the line but was forced to pull out of the race because of a deep cut on his right elbow that required stitches. Lloyd Mondory and Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Gerald Ciolek (Milram) and Tom Boonen all went down but suffered only cuts and bruises.
Mark Cavendish got up from the crash but suffered numerous cuts and bruises.
Coyot was not directly involved in the crash but was squeezed against the barriers and flipped over the handlebars at speed. Initial reports said he had a suspected fractured hip. He was taken away on a stretcher wearing a neck brace but was later diagnosed with a fractured radius and scaphoid in his left wrist.
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