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Cyclist suffers broken ribs, back injury

Updated: May 11, 2009, 5:08 PM ET
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VALDOBBIADENE, Italy -- American rider Christian Vande Velde has fallen during the third stage of the Giro d'Italia and withdrew from the race.

Vande Velde was taken to a hospital Monday, and his Garmin-Slipstream team said he suffered two broken ribs and a severe contusion and sprain to the middle of his back. His recovery period is not known, the team said in a statement.

Vande Velde and teammate David Zabriskie tumbled at the 87-mile mark. Zabriskie got back on his bike and rejoined ...

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