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Elite cyclists including John Degenkolb and Warren Barguil injured in crash

Published 23/01/2016

John Degenkolb was among the injured cyclists
John Degenkolb was among the injured cyclists

John Degenkolb and Warren Barguil were among six Giant-Alpecin cyclists taken to hospital on Saturday after being hit by a car while training in Spain, the German team said.

All the riders are in stable condition after being taken to two local hospitals, Giant-Alpecin said.

The other four riders involved in the incident near the Spanish town of Calpe were German Max Walscheid, American Chad Haga, Swede Fredrik Ludvigsson, and Ramon Sinkeldam of the Netherlands.

The team said that while training "a car coming the other direction rode into the group of riders head on".

Team doctor Anko Boelens told the team website that "everyone is conscious, stable and approachable".

The emergency services for the Mediterranean region of Valencia said on a Twitter account that an "English woman driving a car ran over six cyclists" of Giant-Alpecin after allegedly "driving into on-coming traffic".

The 27-year-old Degenkolb of Germany has won 10 stages at the Spanish Vuelta, and several one-day races, including the Paris-Roubaix and the Milan-San Remo in 2015.

France's Barguil, 24, finished the 2015 Tour de France 14th in the general classification, and was eighth in the 2014 Vuelta. He also won two stage at the 2013 Vuelta.

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