Teutenberg breaks both clavicles

Lars Teutenberg

Lars Teutenberg (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

A mere 15 minutes into the second race on the first evening of the Munich six day, Lars Teutenberg's run in the event was suddenly over. The German was racing in the madison event with teammate Erik Weispfennig, when he found himself in a bad situation. Fellow German Andreas Beikirch touched wheels with another rider and fell. Teutenberg told Cyclingnews' Gregor Brown, "There was a wave up in the bunch and Beikirch hit the back wheel in front of him and felt left over directly in front of me. I hit him [at] around 55 km/h (SRM data) and started flying."

The racing had to be stopped for more than 10 minutes as medics attended to Teutenberg, who had broken both clavicles in the fall. Beikrich was able to continue, but Teutenberg wasn't so lucky. It's unusual for a rider to fracture both clavicles in a fall, and Teutenberg couldn't shed any light onto how it may have happened. He said he had a "hard touchdown on the right side. But [I have] no clue how I made the second bone snap." It will be six weeks before he can get back onto the bike, but he hopes to be ready for the Stuttgart six day in January.

A short while after the racing resumed Erik Zabel was involved in a crash with Stefan Löffler and Sebastian Frey, but all were able to continue, and Zabel showed no ill-effect of the fall, as he went on to win the night and the Munich six day overall with partner Bruno Risi.

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