I have been following the Tour of California on the race's website and Twitter feed. I just read that Lance Armstrong crashed outside of Visilia, CA, earlier today. His long-time coach Johan Bruyneel tweeted that the crash was huge. Armstrong is headed to the hospital for X-rays and his face was bloodied by the accident, indicating that his head hit the asphalt with some force. No stranger to racing injuries, Armstrong broke his collarbone last March while racing in Spain.
Just a few miles into stage 5, a rider hit some loose gravel, skidded and fell, taking other riders down with him, including Lance. Earlier in the day, Floyd Landis (the cyclist stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping) publicly accused Armstrong of doping, which Armstrong vehemently denied. Not a great day for the face of American cycling. Hope he recovers well and this accident doesn't affect his plans for the upcoming French tour.