By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer
The 7-Up-Colorado Cyclist team training camp got off to a rough start on Monday when rider-manager Jeff Corbett crashed hard on the first team ride of the year outside Boulder, Colorado. Corbett fractured the L1 and T12 vertebrae in his back and sustained other assorted lacerations and bruises. He’s expected to miss at least three months of the season.
Riding in gusty winds, the squad was in a tight echelon when Corbett knocked bars with teammate Kevin Monahan. “Before I could back off or anything, I was on my way down,” said Corbett. The team flagged down a passing motorist, who gave Corbett a ride to nearby Lyons, where team personnel picked him up and then drove him to the hospital.
“It’s almost fortunate that it happened during camp, because we have so many people around,” he said.
“I don’t foresee racing any time before June,” Corbett told VeloNews, “but I have a lot of things management-wise to keep me busy.”