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