9 Jul 2012

Sanchez out of Tour, could miss Olympic defence

6:36 am on 9 July 2012

Spain's Olympic road cycling championSamuel Sanchez has abandoned the Tour de France and looks unlikely to compete at the London Olympics after breaking his hand and suffering a shoulder injury on the eighth stage.

Sanchez briefly lost consciousness following the incident on the Tour's second hilly stage, and he lay on the road receiving medical attention for several minutes before being stretchered away.

The Olympic road race is on the 28th of this month.