Riding in the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, a five-day race in the countryside north of Madrid, Spain, Lance Armstrong was just 12.5 miles away from the finish line when he was involved in a crash on a rough, narrow country road. Armstrong landed hard and cradled his right arm before an ambulance took him to a local hospital.
According to x-rays, Armstrong fractured his middle third right collarbone; he also suffered bruising on his hip and arm. Armstrong will have surgery on his broken collarbone and is not sure if he will be able to ride in this year’s Tour de France.
Armstrong plans to fly back to the United States on Tuesday. The surgery will “most likely” take place in Austin, Texas, where the 37-year old cyclist has resided for many years.
Armstrong said in an email, “In 17 years as a pro, I have been lucky to avoid one of the most common cycling injuries. The crash has put my upcoming calendar in jeopardy, but the most important thing for me right now is to get back home and rest up and begin my rehab.”
Will Lance Armstrong get better in time for the upcoming Tour de France? Only time will tell.