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Dowsett crashes out at Eneco Tour
9:55am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
CYCLING star Alex Dowsett was forced to abandon this week’s Eneco Tour after crashing and dislocating both his thumbs.
Dowsett was just 44 kilometres into the second stage of the week-long stage race through Belgium and Holland when he came down.
The British national time-trial champion, from Cocks Clark, near Maldon, initially got back on to his bike following the crash between Ardooie and Forest, Brussels.
He rejoined the main bunch but was forced to abandon soon after due to extreme pain in both his thumbs.
A disappointed Dowsett – who had long been targeting this race for a high finish on the general classification – later tweeted: “(I’m) not entirely sure what happened. I hit the old head as well. Pretty gutted to be out. Roll on the Tour of Britain.”
Dowsett’s team, the Spanish giants Movistar, issued a statement saying: “Preliminary checks on the Essex rider seem to rule out any fractures, but still revealed dislocations in both thumbs as well as severe bruises.”
Any crash is a concern for Dowsett who suffers from A-type haemophilia which prevents his blood from clotting.
And he has had a bad run of coming off his bike in recent races.
He crashed while defending his British time-trial title in Scotland in June, but still went on to win.
The Essex rider had looked in good condition after the first stage of the race where he finished just two seconds down on the winner. He had been targeting Friday’s time trial where he was hoping to build on his confidence-boosting win against the clock at the Giro d’Italia in May.
Dowsett’s next main target will next month’s Tour of Britain which his Movistar team will be riding for the first time.
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