|Lance Armstrong is recovering from a serious crash he|
suffered while training in the Pyrenees mountains last Friday.
Armstrong suffered a slight concussion when he crashed heavily during a descent after
his front tire exploded upon hitting a sharp stone in the road. After Armstrong’s
tire blew, he was unable to maneuver an oncoming turn. The team’s support staff
with Armstrong at the time of the crash then telephoned for an ambulance and he was
taken to a local hospital where he spent the night for observation. The following
morning, Armstrong returned home to Nice to rest and recover from the sudden fall
where he will remain for an extended period of rest.
"The fall could impact his preparation for the Tour de France but considering
the circumstances, it could have been a lot worse," said Johan Bruyneel, the
USPS team’s director sportif. "I am happy he is back in Nice resting and recovering."
The crash will keep Armstrong from competing in his next scheduled event, the Midi
Libre stage race in France, scheduled for May 16-21.
"It’s too early to evaluate his condition at the moment," Bruyneel added.
"Lance’s recovery is our top priority now and only when he is completely recovered
will we begin to deal with his training and racing schedule."