Tom Steels Predictor team
(Image credit: Vincent Kalut)

Belgian sprinter Tom Steels ended the first road stage of the Tour of Qatar lying on the road on Monday, after a high-speed clash with Australia?s Graeme Brown (Rabobank) in the final hundred metres of the sprint.

The 35-year old sprinter landed heavily, breaking his collarbone and cutting his head but his helmet saved him from much more serious injuries. He was taken to hospital in Doha but was released after getting five stitches in his head wound. According to his Predictor team, he will fly home on Tuesday for an operation to pin his collarbone and will be off the bike for at least week.

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