Tejay van Garderen battered but upbeat after crash-marred Vuelta a España stage

Two crashes saw American Tejay van Garderen lose his second place overall in the Vuelta a España, but he says that his injuries are minor and he'll fight on

Tejay van Garderen after stage six of the 2017 Vuelta a España

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Tejay van Garderen and his BMC Racing team remain optimistic that he will recover to fight with the leaders in the Vuelta a España despite crashing twice in the sixth stage to Sagunt on Thursday.

The American fell near the top of the final climb with 37.1 kilometres to race. Some reports say that the road was raised at points due to tree roots underneath. Carlos Betancur (Movistar) fell with van Garderen.

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