Fracture for Team Astana's Levi Leipheimer
Tomas Vaitkus and Veleriy Dmitriyev injured too.
An MRI scan of the sacrum of Levi Leipheimer (Team Astana) has revealed a non-displaced fracture. It is the result of a crash that Leipheimer was implicated in during stage 3 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. This fracture didn't prevent him from winning the time trial and the overall classification in that same Tour of California, although he did suffer from a lot of pain.
Because of his injury Leipheimer will not start in the 2009 Paris-Nice. The Vuelta a Castilla y León will be his first race after his recovery period.
Tomas Vaitkus and Valeriy Dmitriyev both crashed in the 2009 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad yesterday. The Kazakh rider has a big contusion of the muscles of the right calf and will be out for minimum two weeks.
Lithuanian road champion Tomas Vaikus, on his way to a top five placing in the race, could not escape a crash of another rider in the final sprint and went down as well. He has an non-displaced fracture of the head of his right radius bone in his right elbow - the same type of fracture that Alberto Contador suffered from in the 2008 Giro d'Italia. A CAT scan of a painful wrist, however, fortunately did not reveal any fracture.