MODESTO, California (VN) – American Will Dugan and Jens Voigt are recovering from a frightening crash late in stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California.
Dugan took the brunt of the crash when he went down hard in the final lead-up to the sprint Tuesday. When a rider went down in front of Dugan, the 24-year-old from Beverly, Massachusetts, hooked that rider’s rear wheel with his handlebar, left the ground, spun in the air and landed on his back, slamming the back of his head on the pavement. He was not moving when cameras left the scene of the crash.
According to a team spokesperson, Dugan remembers everything from the crash, but has a sore rear end and a helmet carrying a large, black skid mark.
“(He was) fine, got back on and finished under his own power,” said Team Type 1’s spokesman Chris Baldwin. “The race doctor, team doctor and EMT all checked him out and there are no outward signs of trauma.”
Baldwin said Dugan was more scared than hurt and expected to know more after his rider received a post-race massage.
Voigt (Leopard-Trek) also hit the ground in the crash, but was doing fine after the stage, said team director Torsten Schmidt. Like Dugan, Voigt remounted his bike and finished the stage behind the peloton.
Jure Kocjan, who Dugan was moving forward when he crashed, went on to finish ninth in the bunch sprint behind winner Greg Henderson (Sky).