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Scaphoid fracture means Astana lose a man

Details are sketchy at the moment but Team Astana have confirmed that Levi Leipheimer, who was involved in a fairly innocuous looking stack in the last 2km of yesterday's stage to Vittel, has suffered a broken wrist and won't be able to start today's stage.

Leipheimer was lying fourth behind Nocentini, Contador and Armstrong and it's a big blow for Team Astana to have one of their major players retire before such an important stage.

The only details we have thus far are from Astana and Leipheimer's Twitter feeds. "Team doc has confirmed that Levi has a transverse fracture of the right scaphoid (in wrist). Will not be able to start.", says the team's feed, and Leipheimer himself simply states, "My wrist is broken. I can't describe how disapointed I am"

Leipheimer's retirement sees Bradley Wiggins move up to fourth place in the Tour ahead of today's testing stage to Colmar.

Levi's broken arm and sad expression (pic from TwitPic)

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wild man [297 posts] 7 years ago
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He's been struck by the curse of my Fantasy league team- first Gesink and now him. Kreuziger and the Schlecks should be very nervous...

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VecchioJo [401 posts] 7 years ago
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hmmm, did he fall or was he pushed?
who in the peleton is influential and powerful enough to make sure a potential rival has a little "accident"?

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Barry Fry-up [187 posts] 7 years ago
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'breaking news', eh? PARP!

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Hammy [97 posts] 7 years ago
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Nice hotel room though - he's not staying in the local Campanile, unless they've changed a bit

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wild man [297 posts] 7 years ago
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I 'd believe a conspiracy theory if it were Contador or Kloden,  1 but surely Leipheimer was 100% loyal and acceped his place as hyper- domestique?

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VecchioJo [401 posts] 7 years ago
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which is exactly why he was dangerous  1

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cat1commuter [1422 posts] 7 years ago
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I feel sorry for Levi, but Twiggo now 1 rung off the podium!

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James Warrener [1084 posts] 7 years ago
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Is Cadel ok? he came down at the same time, I think.

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dave atkinson [6291 posts] 7 years ago
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yeah he's fine, in fact silence lotto are forcing the pace at the mo

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dave atkinson [6291 posts] 7 years ago
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"We were just inside the last three kilometres as somebody crashed ahead of me. I could not avoid him and I went down. My knee was hurting; therefore did I not take the coach but my bike, to go to the hotel. It was only four kilometres, but it was enough to quieten my knee," mused the Aussie.