Ian Stannard suffers fractured scaphoid in Tour of Britain fall

Sky rider injured again less than a month after he returned to action following a fractured vertebra.

Ian Stannard, Tour of Britain 2014 team presentation

Ian Stannard abandoned the Tour of Britain today after fracturing his scaphoid in a crash during yesterday's opening stage in Liverpool.

The 27-year-old Sky rider fell heavily in the final kilometre of Sunday's race, and was unable to grip his handlebars when he attempted to ride his bike at the team's hotel this morning.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.