Niemiec crashes out of Vuelta a España

Przemysław Niemiec (Lampre-Merida)

Przemysław Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/

Having lost Rafa Valls on the eve of the Vuelta a España due to illness, Lampre-Merida have now lost Przemyslaw Niemiec after the Polish rider was involved in the mass pile up with 30km of stage 2 to race. A stage winner at last year's Vuelta, helicopter shots of the crash site placed Niemiec laying motionless on his stomach while his teammates and other fallers started to pick themselves up. Niemiec was able to walk away from the crash but was forced to abandon with a head injury. The first time he hasn't finished a grand tour from ten starts. 

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