Cycling icon Lance Armstrong is at a California hospital getting X-rays taken after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour of California on May 20.
Armstrong got stitches under his left eye and in his left elbow, says a rep.
UPDATE: Lance is well after crash; X-rays negative.
Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong’s longtime friend and coach, tweeted that Lance had been involved in an ugly crash and had to abandon the 2010 Tour of California. Bruyneel, coach of Armstrong’s Radio Shack team, tweeted Thursday afternoon:
Sorry to report there was a huge crash, with Chechu and Lance involved. Lance had to abandon and is going to the hospital for Xrays.
Photos show that Armstrong’s left cheek was bloodied and his left eye appeared swollen and bruised. Immediately after the crash, Lance gingerly rubbed his eye and sat in the middle of the road with his head down, looking dazed and confused.
The cyclists were on a two-lane road outside Visalia, Calif., several miles into the stage when a rider in the main group fell after skidding on some gravel, causing others, including Armstrong, to crash.
Earlier in the day, Lance, 39, had denied stunning doping accusations from ex-teammate Floyd Landis, who confessed that he had doped during much of his cycling career, and accused Armstrong of having doped when the two were teammates on the US Postal Service team from 2002 to 2005.
UPDATE: Lance Armstrong crash update: Stitches on face, X-rays negative (photos)
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