I was extremely disappointed this morning when I read that Lance Armstrong had broken his Clavicle (collar bone) on Monday during the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León in Spain.

It was a race that he had not planned to ride in, but the plans were changed because the time trial and the 2 hill stage finishes offered him an opportunity to get some good preparation in for the Giro de Italia and the Tour de France.

Now it seems that that his plans for the Giro is pretty much dashed - a broken clavicle takes about 4 weeks to heal. The impact this will have on his preparation and his fitness, will make him starting the Giro highly unlikely, and impact enormously on his preparation for the Tour de France.

I have been so excited to see him race the Giro (never before seen), and then take on the 21 days in the TDF - I am confident he will still take part in the TDF.

It was so great to see him racing in California, I hope he can get things together for the Tour de France.

Here is some footage from the race just after the crash. No other cyclists remained down except Lance:

James Greenwood is a competitive tri and multisport athlete currently training for Ironman Canada 2009. A level 1 Triathlon Coach, he holds a post graduate degree in Exercise Science, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. James is also currently the resident health and fitness programs expert at MyPypeline.com, and has starred in a number of multisport specific fitness videos.
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