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ASPEN, Colo. (VN) — With a rough cattle grate and thousands of fans lining the high mountain roads in central Colorado Wednesday a number of riders — and race staff — hit the ground.
Italian Daniele Callegarin (Team Type 1) went down in the large crash on a cattle grate early in the race and was last seen lying on the road, blood covering his face. He suffered a “concussion, significant facial lacerations, dental injury and two broken hands,” according to team doctor Mark Grieve. Medical personnel evacuated Callegarin, who was conscious, to Gunnison before airlifting him to Denver.
Andrew Randall (Spidertech-C10) went down in the same crash and is in stable condition with an L1 compression fracture. The Canadian also suffered a “complex finger laceration,” according to race personnel.
American Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly-Kenda) is undergoing x-ray with a “suspected left clavicle fracture,” according to race personnel and is in stable condition. He was seen clutching his left shoulder following the crash.
Mavic motor down
The ugly side of fan involvement struck high on Independence Pass when two spectators running along with the back of the peloton tangled with a Mavic neutral support motorcycle. According to Mavic’s Marc Niemiec, one of the fans pushed the other into the path of the motorcycle, colliding with the handlebar. The motorcycle and the spectator went to the ground.
“His hip pitched the moto to the ground,” Niemiec told VeloNews. “The crowd helped pick up the bike and thankfully gave our wheels back.”
The spectator limped away from the scene. Niemiec said the motor suffered two broken turn signals and hand guards, but a test ride after the stage went well.
Nemiec said that Denver’s 9News’ Susie Wargin was with him in the car behind the accident and caught the incident on video, which we eagerly await.