Vuelta a Espana - Injured Petacchi quits Vuelta
Eurosport - Sun, 05 Sep 15:09:00 2010
The Italian suffered cuts in the incident during the early part of Saturday's ride from Villena to Xorret de Cati.
Petacchi, who went on to complete the stage, was left with abrasions to his buttock, back and arm, along with a wound on his right elbow which required stitches at hospital in Alicante.
X-rays showed the 36-year-old, who won stage seven of the Vuelta on Friday, had not broken any bones in the fall but the consequences of his injuries were bad enough for him to pull out of the race 47 kilometres into stage nine.
Team doctor Matteo Beltemacchi said: "In addition to the abrasions, the wound on the elbow worried me. In fact it was necessary to give stitches and to begin a course of antibiotics.
"During the night Alessandro could not sleep, his arm was blubber and he had pain in the back and buttock.
"Petacchi tried to stick it out, but he could not hold the handlebars and he was pedalling in a bad position.
"It was not possible to go on in this way."
Petacchi said: "It's a pity to quit the race right now as my legs were going better and better.
"In the end, I couldn't do anything. The abrasions were so large that I couldn't go to the masseur and during the night I could not sleep. Also, today I couldn't hold the handlebars.
"The only comfort is that I won a stage before the crash."
Vuelta - stage 8