Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Horner has 'stable fracture of the tibia,' still hopes to start Tour

Bend resident Chris Horner suffered injuries in his Giro d'Italia crash that are more serious than originally believed. The Astana rider and Lance Armstrong teammate reported today on his Twitter page that an MRI revealed he suffered a "stable fracture of the tibia," but he still hopes to start the Tour in July.

Horner crashed during a descent in the Italian Grand Tour's May 19 Stage 10. He finished the stage and had hoped to start the next day but awoke to terrible pain in his leg, making it too painful to walk. Horner quit the Giro and returned to Bend to recover and prepare for the start of the Tour De France July 5-27.

Horner reported Tuesday that his leg was sore during and after a two-plus-hour training ride and that he hoped to learn more today.