Lloyd safe after Besseges crash, likely out of race

Dan Lloyd Cervelo

Daniel Lloyd (Cervélo TestTeam) is safe following a crash in the final kilometre of the opening stage in the Etoile de Bessèges today in Le Grau du Roi, France. X-rays ruled out fractures, but rest is needed before England's Lloyd can continue training and racing.

"I am just really badly bruised and painful, from the top of my spine, down the first couple of vertebrae," said Lloyd. "I hit the tree pretty hard with my head. My helmet is ready for the bin, split in half.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.