Vuelta a Espana - Symapathy for Anton after horror smash
Reuters - Sat, 11 Sep 18:45:00 2010
Anton smashed into the tarmac with 7-km to go when the peloton was speeding at around 75-kph to try and catch two breakaways.
"I'd prefer not to have taken the jersey this way," Nibali said. "It's terrible what happened to Anton.
"I myself lost the lead in the Giro d'Italia this year after a crash and I know how bad it feels."
With Anton's race clothes in shreds and bleeding badly from both elbows, team doctors quickly decided the 27-year-old could not continue.
He is thought to have a fractured elbow while Euskaltel-Euskadi team mate Egoi Martinez, who also crashed, has a suspected broken collarbone.
"I saw one Euskaltal-Euskadi rider hit something in the road and suddenly there were riders going down like ninepins everywhere," said Ezequiel Mosquera who was third in the stage and sits third overall.
Italian Marzio Bruseghin, sixth overall at the start of the day, also crashed and was taken to hospital as a precaution, although he completed the stage.
"It was a really bad accident," said Rodriguez. "I was right at the front of the bunch and was lucky enough to avoid it.
"I could hear the sound of metal screeching behind as the bikes hit the road and I thought 'that must have been a big one'."