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Sørensen okay after scare

Team CSC-Saxo Bank's Nicki Sørensen has been cleared on any injury following a crash on Stage 3 at the Tour de France. The Danish rider took a bad fall on the stage, which left his ability to continue the French Grand Tour in question.

"Nicki hurt his hand quite badly so we're gonna swing by the ER to have it checked out - just to make sure there's no fractures," said team doctor Piet De Moor after the stage. "He was a bit shook up afterwards because it was quite a bad crash, but I believe it's only flesh wounds and of course a bit of a mental blow as well - considering he also had a bad crash earlier in the year in California."

Sørensen was taken to a nearby hospital after finishing the stage for further examination. There he was cleared of any broken bones in his hand and leg, and has since returned to the squad's team hotel.

The rider, who is the current Danish Road Champion, will continue at the Tour in today's time trial. Sørensen earned his place in the team's Tour roster after a strong start to 2008.

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