Tour de France crash victim Jens Voigt has been told he will have to wait for a decision on whether he faces surgery on his smashed cheekbone, his Saxo Bank team announced today.
The 37-year-old was temporarily knocked unconscious after a high speed crash during the race's 16th stage from Martigny in
After being revived at the scene the German veteran was flown by helicopter to hospital in
Doctors said they would wait for a few days before deciding whether to operate on his cheekbone.
Voigt was knocked out and left bloodied after a heavy fall early on the descent from the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard.
He suffered a back-wheel puncture at the 57km mark and despite receiving a new wheel from the neutral spares car, he lost his place in a 13-man escape which included eventual stage winner Sergei Ivanov of Katusha.
Voigt is the second rider Saxo Bank have lost inside a week.
Their 34-year-old Norwegian champion Kurt-Asle Arvesen crashed out in the 10th stage trying to avoid a spectator.
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