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King apologizes for causing San Sebastián crash

American Ben King apologizes for causing San Sebastian crash that knocked out Mikel Landa and Egan Bernal.

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A touch of wheels in the hectic lead-in to the final climb at Clásica San Sebastián Saturday knocked two key climbers out of the race — Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Mikel Landa (Movistar).

A day later, American Ben King (Dimension Data) took to Twitter to apologize for the crash.

King went on to finish 63rd in the 228.7km one-day race.

Bernal just finished his debut Tour de France. He was a key climbing domestique who helped his Sky teammate Geraint Thomas win his first yellow jersey. The 21-year-old Colombian suffered “serious facial trauma,” according to Team Sky’s website.

“Egan [Bernal] suffered a serious facial trauma. He is awake and talking. He has had a precautionary scan to assess for further injuries which revealed a nasal fracture and maxillary injury,” the statement read.

Landa was also stretchered off the course near San Sebastián with 20 kilometers to go.

His Movistar team said he suffered a “non-displaced fracture of the spinous process in his lumbar vertebra L1.”

The Spaniard was expected to race the Vuelta a España after a disappointing showing at the Tour de France. Although he’ll require two to three weeks of rest, he may still start the three-week Spanish tour.