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Van Garderen, Martin crash out of Vuelta a Espana

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Tejay van Garderen faltered on the final climb and lost time to his GC rivals.

Tejay van Garderen faltered on the final climb and lost time to his GC rivals. (Image credit: Bettini)
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Daniel Martin (Cannondale-Garmin)

Daniel Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Nacer Bouhanni crashes out of the Tour de France

Nacer Bouhanni crashes out of the Tour de France (Image credit: letour.fr)
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Frank Schleck at the start

Frank Schleck at the start (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kris Boeckmans on the podium at Nokere Koerse.

Kris Boeckmans on the podium at Nokere Koerse. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Tejay van Garderen's Grand Tour misfortunes continued on stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana when he was the victim of a mass crash with about 50km to go and abandoned the race.

Van Garderen was sitting third in the Tour de France when he abandoned the race with illness in the third week, but returned to competition at the Vuelta with an eye on redemption.

The BMC rider was splayed out on the pavement holding his shoulder in obvious pain. The American was later diagnosed with a broken right shoulder.

Daniel Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) was involved in the same crash, and faces a similar fate to van Garderen - he was third in the overall classification at the start of stage 8 and was forced to abandon the race.

Fränk Schleck (Trek), Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) were also involved in the crash. The latter two also abandoned the race.