Crash Forces Team RadioShack Captain to Exit Tour de France 2011

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07/6/2011| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Janez Brajkovic. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Janez Brajkovic. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Crash Forces Team RadioShack Captain to Exit Tour de France 2011

Team RadioShack's Slovenian Tour de France Team Captain Jani Brajkovic suffered a race-ending injury from a serious crash in a Tour de France stage marred by more than ten crashes.

spokesman both riders suffer from a contusion of the wrist (Leipheimer left wrist, Popovych right wrist). Popovych's swollen wrist was examined in the hospital of Saint-Brieuc where no fracture was diagnosed. According to the spokesman, both riders are expected to be able to start in the 2011 Tour de France's sixth stage from Dinan to Lisieux tomorrow.

Brajkovic recently won the Slovenian time trial championships and brought good form to this year's Tour. Last year Brajkovic won the prestigious Tour de France warm-up race Critérium du Dauphiné Libere in front of Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.

"I know it's just words, but after yesterday's stage I knew I could do my part in this year's Tour de France," a clearly disappointed Brajkovic added from the hospital bed.

In spite of his crash and bad luck in the Tour de France, Brajkovic impressively remains optimistic about the remaining part of his 2011 season.

"The doctor says if they insert a pin in my collarbone I can ride very quickly, after just a few days, but my head needs a few more days, so I'd say I might be back on the rollers in another five days and after that go day-by-day to see how I'm feeling. I might be on the road a few days after that."

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