Francisco Mancebo crashed out of the Tour of California today becoming another victim of a spate of incidents that have blighted the race.

The Spaniard was leading the King of the Mountains classification that now passes to the shoulders of Jason McCartney.

Mancebo crashed on the descent of today’s only climb, Millcreek Summit. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was in a stable condition.

Rock Racing’s owner Michael Ball released a statement saying:

Following his unfortunate crash during today’s stage, Francisco Mancebo is currently receiving medical attention at Huntingdon Memorial hospital in Pasadena. While we are still awaiting confirmation, we believe he has suffered a concussion as well as a broken hand and elbow.

The fact he is unable to continue the race does not in any way diminish his accomplishments or those of the team. Attrition has taken it’s toll and we lost two incredible riders in Paco today and Victor Hugo Pena after stage 4, but that’s bike racing.

This is such an exciting team and I am incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved this week.


2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: LINKS

STAGE REPORTS

Stage seven: Nocentini wins in Pasedena

Leipheimer wins time trial to cement Tour of California lead

Stage five: Two in a row for Cavendish

Stage four: Cavendish battles over hills to wins stage

Stage three: Hushovd sprints home

Stage two: Leipheimer takes the lead

Stage one: Mancebo’s stage one win raises Puerto demons

Prologue: Cancellara Express derails the Armstrong show

NEWS & FEATURES

Mancebo crashes out of KOM lead

Comment: What’s in a victory salute?

Cavendish rises to second in list of all-time British pro winners

Armstrong’s time trial bike handed in to police

Boonen set to ride Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne after Tour of California

Cancellara abandons Tour of California

Armstrong’s bike stolen in California

Cavendish poised to take leaders jersey

Tour of California blog

Armstrong and Astana train for Tour of California

Mark Cavendish: Rider Profile

Lance Armstrong: Rider Profile

PHOTOS

Stage five photo gallery

Stage four photo gallery

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one photo gallery

Prologue photo gallery

Cycling Weekly photo gallery

2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA PREVIEW

2009 Tour of California race preview

Start list: all the riders

Team list: all the squads

2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGES

Saturday, February 14 Prologue details

Sunday, February 15 Stage one details

Monday, February 16 Stage two details

Tuesday, February 17 Stage three details

Wednesday, February 18 Stage four details

Thursday February 19 Stage five details

Friday, February 20 Stage six details

Saturday, February 21 Stage seven details

Sunday, February 22 Stage eight details

EXTERNAL LINKS

Tour of California official website