Jason Donald (OUCH-Bahati Foundation) and Kyle Wamsley (Bissell) left the Joe Martin Stage Race final day criterium with fractured clavicles after going down during Sunday’s race in Arkansas.
Wamsley was attempting to bridge across a 20-second gap to the day’s main breakaway 40 minutes into the race when he crashed in the slick 11th corner. He lay beside the course for nearly a half hour as the race continued, receiving emergency care before being transported to the hospital.
“It was horrible,” said Donald. “We saw him laying there every lap for 20 minutes.”
Wamsley came away from the crash with the collarbone and two broken teeth. He was scheduled for evaluation at the orthopedist in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon.
Donald, who sat fifth overall before the final stage, touched down on the final lap. Because the crash occurred after the free-lap period ended, officials gave Donald the time of stage winner Karl Menzies and he retained his GC position.
“The break is really clean,” said Donald. “I’ll have surgery in the next couple days. It’s actually a good time for me to take a break; we weren’t going to California, so it’s a natural down time.”
Wamsley will miss his scheduled start at the Amgen Tour of California, which starts Sunday in Nevada City. Donald was scheduled to make his next start at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship June 6. He hopes now to make a return at the Tour de Beauce.