Paolo Savoldelli's hopes for a trouble-free to the start of his Discovery Channel career have been hItalian Paolo Savoldelli underlined his reputation as one of the unluckiest riders in the pro peloton when he crashed during a training ride with his new Discovery Channel team in California last weekend and broke a collar-bone in three places. Savoldelli's front tyre burst after he hit a rock in the road, sending the Italian tumbling. The 31 year old received attention at the scene from Discovery's medical staff and was then transferred to hospital in Santa Barbara. He was due to undergo corrective surgery yesterday [Sunday]. After winning the Giro in 2002, Savoldelli signed a big money contract with T-Mobile, but hardly featured for the German team as his time with them was beset by illness and injury. He missed most of the 2003 season after fracturing two vertebrae in a training crash. A stomach virus then kept him out of that year's Tour de France. His outings last season were limited by a broken wrist, although British fans did see him make a rare appearance at the Tour of Britain last August. He finished sixth.