Promising British rider nearly loses eye after crash at Tour de l'Avenir

Ben Turner has been forced to abandon the race, which uncovers cycling stars of the future, after a crash in the opening prologue

Ben Turner
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Promising British rider Ben Turner has been forced to abandon the Tour de l'Avenir after nearly losing an eye in a crash during the opening prologue.

The 22-year-old, racing for the Great Britain national team, finished the 5km-long race against the clock in last place after crashing on a downhill corner and into a sign.

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