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MTB Newsflash: Lopes breaks leg in ATV accident

Former world four-cross champion Brian Lopes suffered a compound fracture of his left leg Sunday while riding a four-wheel ATV vehicle in Savannah, Georgia. According to a report on the Web site www.stiksandstones.com, the vehicle lost traction and rolled over, catching Lopes’s left leg between the vehicle’s roll cage and the ground, breaking his left tibia. Lopes is currently undergoing surgery at a Savannah hospital. Doctors expect him back on his feet in three months, the report added. This incident continues a brutal run of bad luck for Lopes, who missed most of the 2003 season after

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Former world four-cross champion Brian Lopes suffered a compound fracture of his left leg Sunday while riding a four-wheel ATV vehicle in Savannah, Georgia.

According to a report on the Web site www.stiksandstones.com, the vehicle lost traction and rolled over, catching Lopes’s left leg between the vehicle’s roll cage and the ground, breaking his left tibia. Lopes is currently undergoing surgery at a Savannah hospital. Doctors expect him back on his feet in three months, the report added.

This incident continues a brutal run of bad luck for Lopes, who missed most of the 2003 season after breaking his ankle in the four-cross race at the World Cup round in Fort William, Scotland. Lopes came back at the end of last season to win a bronze medal at the world championships in Lugano, Switzerland, but now the 32-year-old will likely be out of action again until at least July.