Millar, Barredo leave Harelbeke with broken bones

  • By Neal Rogers
  • Published Mar. 23, 2012
Arashiro after a crash in the 2012 E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Graham Watson |

HARELBEKE, Belgium (VN) — In all, eight riders were taken to nearby hospitals due to injuries suffered at E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Among them were David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda) with a broken collarbone and Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) with a broken wrist.

Millar went down in a nasty pile-up along a cobbled road with 70km to go; several riders launched off their bikes and crossed a four-foot ditch that paralleled the road. Among the victims of that crash, Jens Mouris (GreenEdge), Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis) and Koen De Kort (Project 1t4i) all abandoned the race and were taken to hospitals.

After the race, Millar wrote on Twitter: “I broke my collarbone, now it’s decision time, to operate or not to operate?”

With 34km remaining, Barredo crashed into defending champion Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) atop the cobbled climb of the Oude Kwaremont while Cancellara was replacing a flat front wheel. Barredo landed on his right arm and did not rejoin the race. The Rabobank team later confirmed to the AFP that Barredo had suffered a fracture in the crash.

Other riders who went to hospital include Rob Goris (Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas) and Sander Cordell and Frederique Robert, both of Lotto-Belisol.

Agence France Presse contributed to this report.

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Neal Rogers

Neal Rogers served as Editor in Chief of Velo magazine and from 2011-2015. He is also a Presenter at Global Cycling Network. An interest in all things rock 'n' roll led him into music journalism while attending UC Santa Cruz, on the central coast of California. After several post-grad years spent waiting tables, surfing, and mountain biking, he moved to San Francisco, working as a bike messenger, and at a software startup. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2001, taking an editorial internship at VeloNews. He still hasn't left.

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