Endura rider and current UCI Europe Tour leader Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has suffered a fractured collarbone after a crash last Sunday's Lincoln Grand Prix.
"Turns out the collarbone is broken. Felt like it all along, so not sure how Lincoln hospital could have missed it?! Turbo trainer anyone?" he tweeted on Wednesday morning.
Tiernan-Locke had recently got over a bought of illness following his early season successes at the Tour of the Med and the Tour du Haut Var.
Riding his first UK race of the year at Lincoln, he collided heavily with a piece of street furniture and then a course marshal around five laps into last weekend's Premier Calendar round four.
He was taken to hospital and initially discharged without any breaks, although further scans on Wednesday morning confirmed that he had indeed fractured his clavicle.
It is not known how long Tiernan-Locke will be out of action or whether he will return in time for his next scheduled race, the four-day Route du Sud on June 14.
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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.
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