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Murphy's injuries are expected to keep him off the bike at least three weeks. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Murphy's injuries are expected to keep him off the bike at least three weeks. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Stage 2: Murphy Lost To Crash

25. August 2010

Niort, France

On a day when Alexander Kristoff finished sixth, the BMC Racing Team lost John Murphy to a crash on Wednesday's second stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes.

No Broken Bones

Murphy went down with about 30 kilometers to go in the 178 km race, in a section where the course narrowed and a rider stopped suddenly in front of him. After being examined at hospital, the American was diagnosed with a separated left shoulder and a badly bruised elbow, but has no broken bones, said BMC Racing Team physician Dr. Scott Major. Steve Morabito also withdrew from the race Wednesday, suffering from lower back pain, Major said.

Another Top 10 Finish
Kristoff said teammates Cole House and Danilo Wyss moved him into good position and he was on the wheel of eventual winner Anthony Ravard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) in the final kilometer. "But in the last corner, someone came on my inside and pushed me out in the barriers," Kristoff said. "I came close to crashing and lost 10 positions. I made my way back to a good position, but had to take a lot of wind and did not have anything left the last 200 meters."