Toms Skujins: Latvian rider out of Tour of California after heavy crash

p3 (600 x 337)Toms Skujins will sit out the rest of the Tour of California after suffering concussion in a heavy fall on Monday, reports BBC.
The Latvian also broke his collarbone in the crash on stage two and narrowly avoided being hit by the peloton as he staggered across the road.
The Cannondale-Drapac rider tried to continue but was pulled out of the race by his team and taken to hospital.
The team say Skujins is now following their internal concussion protocol and will be “monitored closely”.
Skujins added that he was “feeling all right” and “healthy”. He also tweeted a picture of himself in hospital with the message: “I would never suggest getting in a fight with tarmac because you will lose.”
Cannondale-Drapac sport director Tom Southam said: “Toms’ crash obviously had a huge impact on us. It was a high-speed crash and unfortunately it happened at a time when the race was fragmented, which delays information and makes these situations extremely hard.
“Toms instinctively continued riding but it was clear that he couldn’t go on. It’s a blow for the team and for his own ambitions but that was a serious fall, and racing can take a back seat while he heals.”


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