Jaksche gets elbow from Tour

J”rg Jaksche has been forced out of the Tour after breaking his elbow for the second time this seaso

J”rg Jaksche has been forced out of the Tour after breaking his elbow for the second time this seaso
CSC's Jrg Jaksche has been forced to drop out of the Tour de France at almost the last moment after breaking his elbow in a training crash. The affected elbow is the same one the German broke in a pre-Amstel Gold training ride back in April, but this time the break is more severe. Jaksche, 17th in the Tour last year, will be replaced by Andrea Peron. "It's seriously bad luck for Jrg and for the team," said CSC team manager Bjarne Riis. "Luckily we've had Peron ready and on hold the whole time, in case an accident like this should occur. I really feel for Jrg, because I know how well prepared he was for this year's Tour de France. He had a very important role to play on the team, and obviously he'll be sorely missed." Riis said of the Peron: "He's actually at his best right now just before the Tour. He was close to getting selected in the first place, and this is why, I'm sure, we have the best possible replacement for Jrg. In Andrea we have a strong and very experienced all-round rider, who is also a good team player, which remains a top priority for us. Last year he was an extremely valuable rider on the Tour team, and undoubtedly he'll be again this year." For Tour of the Med and Paris-Nice winner Jaksche, this latest setback is a tough blow. "I'm of course truly disappointed, and I still find it hard to accept - but it can't be helped," he said on the CSC website. "I crashed making a turn during training and landed precisely the same way as when I crashed the day before Amstel Gold Race. Only this time the fracture is more serious, and I'm unable to ride with it."
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