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Team Type 1’s Shawn Milne breaks thumb in crash

Shawn Milne became the third rider from Team Type 1 to break a bone in his hand in the past 17 days when he crashed Saturday on the final lap of the 1st Centennial Bank/KWB Wealth Managers Criterium at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Riding in a four-man breakaway that was destined to stay away to the finish line, Milne clipped his pedal coming out of the second-to-last turn and went headfirst over the handlebars. X-Rays revealed Milne broke his right thumb at the metacarpal (knuckle) joint.

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Shawn Milne became the third rider from Team Type 1 to break a bone in his hand in the past 17 days when he crashed Saturday on the final lap of the 1st Centennial Bank/KWB Wealth Managers Criterium at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

Riding in a four-man breakaway that was destined to stay away to the finish line, Milne clipped his pedal coming out of the second-to-last turn and went headfirst over the handlebars. X-Rays revealed Milne broke his right thumb at the metacarpal (knuckle) joint.

“I couldn’t believe my misfortune,” Milne said. “I wasn’t the strongest guy in the group, but I was the fastest. So there was a good chance that if I had good position, I probably would have won.”

Instead, Milne’s crash took out fellow breakaway companion Curtis Gunn (Successful Living Pro Cycling Team) while Jeff Louder (BMC) went on to beat Luis Romero Amaran (Colavita-Sutter Home) for the victory.

Milne is now sidelined along with teammates Matt Wilson and Daniel Holt, who broke their wrists in separate incidents last month. Holt fractured his left wrist in a crash at the Webster-Roubaix Road Race in Webster, Fla., while Matt Wilson broke his right wrist during a training ride in California.

“It’s very disappointing,” Team Type 1 Sport Director Ed Beamon said.

Milne is holding out hope that he can still race with the team in the Tour de Georgia. Team Type 1 is one of 15 teams selected to participate in the seven-day, 660-mile race that begins April 21.