GRINDELWALD, Switzerland (AFP) – Italian Christiano Salerno suffered a suspected broken collarbone following a crash on the third stage of the Tour of Switzerland, organizers said Monday.
Salerno, of Liquigas, crashed on the descent of the Grosse Scheidegg, the second of two climbs on the 106km stage whose summit sits 10km above Grindelwald in the shadow of the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains.
He was taken to hospital in nearby Interlaken for scans, organizers said.
Consolation for Liquigas came in the shape of a stage win for Slovakian Peter Sagan, who admitted that seeing his stricken teammate had spurred him on.
“Salerno was in front of me but I didn’t see his crash, I just saw him lying on the ground,” said Sagan, who beat new race leader Damiano Cunego in a two-man dash for the finish line.
“That’s when I said to myself I had to risk everything to try and catch Cunego.”