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Geslin breaks collarbone

World Championships bronze medallist Anthony Geslin went down in a crash in Thursday's stage of the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque in France, breaking his left collarbone. The crash occurred on the pavé sector of Haveluy, 2400 metres long.

"They were pushing and shoving on the pavé, and Anthony went down badly," Bouygues Telecom team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau explained. Geslin was taken to a hospital in Denain on Thursday and flown back to Nantes on the following day to receive surgery. "He's calm - he still has the Tour in his head," added Bernaudeau, who thinks that the healing process will take between three weeks and one month and a half but pointed out that his rider will be able to do train on the rollers.

In the same crash, Luca Ascani and Rino Zampilli (both Naturino-Sapore di Mare) also went down. Ascani also suffered a fractured humerus (shoulder), while his teammate has wrist and knee traumas.

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