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Chris Butler was making his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia. (©Sirotti, www.sirotti.it.)
Chris Butler was making his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia. (©Sirotti, www.sirotti.it.)

Broken Bone Ends Butler's Giro

14. May 2011

Tropea, Italy

Chris Butler's first Giro d'Italia ended Saturday when the BMC Racing Team rider was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his right pelvic bone.

Crashed Monday

Butler crashed on Monday's third stage, but did not learn the full extent of the injury until X-rays were taken after he finished Saturday's 217-kilometer race. BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said Butler did not want to stop. "But it would be worse if he crashes again, and, because of the pain, he was riding completely twisted," Testa said. "We'll keep him off the bike for a few days, the put him on a rehabilitation program and hopefully he'll be back in a few weeks."