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Cadel Evans won't be among the big names starting the Tour of Catalonia today after the Australian crashed while descending the Col d'Aubisque during a reconnaissance ride of the Tour de France's Pyrenean stages last week. Apart from cuts and bruises, Evans also suffered a hairline fracture in his previously damaged collar-bone.
Evans was close to the end of a two-day Pyrenean recce with Davitamon-Lotto team-mate Mario Aerts when he crashed after unexpectedly hitting some gravel at 50kph. Writing on his website, Evans said he expects to be back on the rollers within a couple of days and that the incident should not affect his slated Tour de France debut.
This is the fourth time the Australian has suffered a collar-bone break since turning from mountain biking to the road, although he did point out that it was only the second time in 15 years he had crashed while training on his road bike.
- According to Spanish website Todociclismo.com, Juan Antonio Pecharroman has reported his Quick Step team to the Association of Professional Riders (ACP) for alleged non-payment of salary owed to him since last year. Pecharroman, winner of the Tour of Catalonia two years ago, has been a massive disappointment since joining the Belgian team, achieving no notable results whatsoever over the past 18 months.
Todociclismo says that sources close to the cyclist have told them that he was told by the Quick Step team that he could only start in Catalonia this week if he agreed to a reduction in his salary. Pecharroman refused to agree to this and, says Todociclismo, was not picked for the race, where Quick Step will now only field seven riders.
- Euskaltel's Alberto Lopez de Munain has been flown back to Spain to receive further treatment on the injuries he received when he crashed on stage two of the Giro. Lopez de Munain has told Marca that he expects his recuperation to be lengthy and remembers nothing about the crash, in which he hit a roadside barrier head on. A specialist is to decide whether the Basque needs surgery on any of his many injuries which include a broken shoulder-blade and collar-bone.
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