Vandenbroucke again out of action

Just as Frank Vandenbroucke was finding his feet in the peloton again, the Belgian has suffered anot

Just as Frank Vandenbroucke was finding his feet in the peloton again, the Belgian has suffered anot

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Frank Vandenbroucke's stint back on the bike has turned out to be a short one. In Friday's first stage of the Tour of Picardy, the Belgian crashed and broke a bone in his forearm close to the wrist and will be out of action for up to three weeks, writes Susanne Horsdal.

The crash occurred as Vandebroucke was back with his MrBookmaker.com team car. He was about 10 kilometres from the finish when he apparently had an unwanted close encounter with the bumper of the car behind him. At the hospital a simple fracture was diagnosed and VDB expects to be back training on the rollers in a couple of days, but it'll be a couple of weeks at least before he can resume racing.

In mid-April the enfant terrible of Belgian cycling was given a final chance by the MrBookmaker team to get back on the bike and start racing, which he did in a surprise showing in Rund um den Henninger Turm on May 1, but this was supposed to have been his first fully completed stage race of the year after a brief showing at the Four Days of Dunkirk earlier this month.

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