Thomas Voeckler breaks collarbone in training crash

Thomas Voeckler, Tour de France 2013, stage eight

Thomas Voeckler broke his collarbone in training hours after arriving in Australia today for the Tour Down Under. The team Europcar rider will travel home to France immediately and miss the race.

"A pedestrian crossed the road so a car braked very quickly," Voeckler said in a press release. "I didn't have time to brake and I bumped into the car."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.