Carlos Betancur abandons Vuelta a España
Aug 24 2017 11:07 pm CET

Carlos Betancur abandons Vuelta a España
Carlos Betancur abandons Vuelta a España
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Colombian rider Carlos Betancur has abandoned the Vuelta a España following a crash in the sixth stage of the Spanish grand tour.

Betancur was climbing well when Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team crashed in front of him with the South American going down as well as a result.

In addition to facial injuries, the rider fractured his right ankle and is forced to retire from the race despite having finished the stage.

Betancur crossed the line more than 12 minutes behind the stage winner and was taken to a hospital in the arrival town of Sagunto. Scans pointed out that there was no serious damage to the pelvis and the head, but also found a fracture of the lateral malleolus in the right ankle.

Following the tests, the rider was transferred to a hospital in Valencia city to undergo surgery.

This was the 27-year-old's eighth appearance in a grand tour and his third participation in the Vuelta.