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Pozzovivo out of Vuelta a España with tibia-fibula fracture

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Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale)

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale)
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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AG2R La Mondiale celebrates its status as overall team classification winners by hoisting Pozzovivo aloft

AG2R La Mondiale celebrates its status as overall team classification winners by hoisting Pozzovivo aloft
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Domenico Pozzovivo will not take part in the 2014 Vuelta a España due to a training ride crash. The Italian was preparing for the Spanish grand tour which starts on August 23 in Jerez with a team time trial when he crashed and fractured his lower leg.

His Ag2r-La Mondiale team announced that Pozzovivio suffered an undisplaced tibia-fibula fracture and it will be decided in coming days whether he will undergo surgery for the injury.

Since finishing fifth overall at the Giro d'Italia, the 31-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Tour de Suisse with illness and has only competed in one race since; the Italian national championships in which he placed seventh.

Ag2r have not yet announced its nine-man squad for the third and final grand tour of 2014.