Molard in hospital with collapsed lung after Vuelta a España crash

Molard in hospital with collapsed lung after Vuelta a España crash
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Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) got caught up in a large crash on stage 16 of the Vuelta a España and while he tried to continue was ultimately forced to abandon, later diagnosed with a pneumothorax which is more commonly known as a collapsed lung.

It was in the very early kilometres of the 180km stage from Laredo to Santa Cruz de Bezana that the crash occurred, involving a large number of riders including overall contenders Enric Mas (Movistar) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis). The ramifications of the crash could first be seen in the number of riders sporting either damaged clothing or bloody wounds and then news of abandons started to come, with Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation) unable to finish the stage, along with Molard.