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Monument to Lance Armstrong’s broken clavicle destroyed in Spain

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Apr. 16, 2010

Stage 1, 2009 Vuelta Castilla Leon: Somewhere under that pile is a seven-time Tour de France winner. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Hooligans have destroyed a “monument” dedicated to the spot where Lance Armstrong broke his clavicle in last year’s Vuelta a Castilla y León.

According to a report from the Spanish sports daily MARCA, vandals have torn down a bicycle that was mounted alongside the road where Armstrong crashed last March near the small village named Antiguedad in northern Spain.

Local officials raised one of cycling’s most unlikely monuments to mark the spot and posted a sign that read, “Armstrong’s clavicle” and mounted an old, blue bicycle in cement near the crash site.

Armstrong’s appearance last year in the Castilla y León tour created headlines around the world and local officials chose this unique way, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, to honor his appearance and their village’s 15 minutes of fame.

Armstrong crashed in stage one about 20km from the finish line and had a difficult recovery in time to make it to the start line for the Giro d’Italia in May.

Officials told the Spanish sports daily they will repair the site and perhaps create something that is harder for vandals to get to. After all, they said, Armstrong’s clavicle deserves it.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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