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De Groot breaks collarbone

Rabobank was on the road, all too literally, on the Spanish Island of Lanzarote this week for its training camp. On Tuesday, Rick Flens went down and right behind was Bram de Groot, who was unable to avoid his fallen teammate and went down, too, breaking his right collarbone.

De Groot, who turns 34 on December 18, flew home to the Netherlands and will be examined at hospital in Amersfoort before starting his rehabilitation. The team said it is not yet known whether he will be able to start in the Tour Down Under from January 18-25 as planned.

Flens, 25, suffered only scrape wounds and was expected to return to training on Wednesday.

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