Bad crash mars Aragon stage

Aragon's second stage is marred by a bad crash as a Russian takes the race lead, and there are wins

Aragon's second stage is marred by a bad crash as a Russian takes the race lead, and there are wins


The Andalucia-Paul Versan rider Efrain Gutierrez is said to be in a "very serious condition" after crashing into a parked car during the early kilometres of yesterday's second stage of the Tour of Aragon. The incident took place after just 14 kilometres of riding, and Gutierrez was flown from the scene in a helicopter to hospital in Zaragoza.

A statement from the hospital said that the 24 year old had suffered a broken femur, bruising on his lungs, lacerations of his liver and numerous other injuries.

According to Gutierrez's team, the rider is conscious and in a good mental state. Team manager Antonio Cabello said that "Efrain is in a pretty good state of mind and was even asking how the race had gone."

The stage was won by Barloworld rider Vladimir Efimkin, who beat Cofidis' Luis Perez in a two-up sprint. The victory gave the Russian the overall lead as the pair came home 14 seconds clear of a 40-rider bunch, which included Jan Ullrich.

Stage 2, Alca¤iz-Sabina¤igo

1 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Barloworld-Valsir 206.5km in 5.12.06 (39.70kph)
2 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis
3 David Fernandez (Spa) Andalucia-Paul Versan 0.14
4 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros
5 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku
6 Ion Del Rio (Spa) Andalucia-Paul Versan
7 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld
8 Alan Perez (Spa) Orbea
9 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku
10 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada

- Jimmy Casper won the GP Denain Coupe de France race, leading home FDJ's Mark Renshaw in a bunch sprint. Ag2r's Ludovic Turpin retained his lead in the overall series, which continues with Sunday's Tro Bro Lon.

1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis 199km in 4.29.27 (44.31kph)
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Franaise des Jeux
3 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r
4 Roman Luhovyy (Ukr) RAGT
5 Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Barloworld
6 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r
7 Said Haddou (Fra) Auber 93
8 Jaroslaw Zarebski (Pol) Action
9 William Bonnet (Fra) Auber 93
10 Remco van der Ven (Hol) Rabobank Continental

- Health Net-Maxxis's Gord Fraser leads the three-stage, three-day Sea Otter Classic road race after winning the opening 3km downhill prologue in Monterey, California. The Canadian leads team-mate Chris Wherry, with last year's prologue winner - and former Healthnet rider - New Zealander Hayden Godfrey (Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada) in third place going into Friday's 60-mile stage two circuit race.

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