Fabian Cancellara out of Tour de France after fracturing spine in crash

Hospital scan reveals that Fabian Cancellara fractured two vertebrae after crashing during stage three of the Tour de France

Fabian Cancellara after a crash on stage three of the 2015 Tour de France

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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) has withdrawn from the Tour de France after fracturing two of his vertebrae as a result of crashing on stage three on Monday. The 34-year-old will not start Tuesday's stage over the cobbles.

Cancellara was rushed to hospital after the finale of the stage to the Mur de Huy, after coming down in a huge crash 55km from the finish.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).