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Cattle call comes to cycling race in Italian Alps

Updated: July 21, 2011, 12:50


An unidentified cyclist rides past cattle during the first stage of the Italian three-day Brixia Tour race, near Ponte di Legno, in the Italian Alps, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Twenty-year-old Danish rider Martin Lind, who races for Denmark's Christina Watches team, said he broke his collar bone and suffered concussion after crashing into cattle that strayed onto the course as he was riding downhill at around 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph). Lind says he was knocked conscious when

As if slippery roads and surging fans weren't enough for cyclists. Now they have to watch out for cattle.

A Danish rider competing in a race in Italy was left with a concussion and broken collar bone after crashing into cattle that had strayed onto the course.

Martin Lind tells The Associated Press on Thursday that he was riding downhill at nearly 40 mph in the Italian Alps when the animals suddenly wandered onto the road and into the main pack.

Lind rides for Denmark's Christina Watches team. He says he was knocked unconscious when "two cows, or bulls, just came in from the side'' in Wednesday's first stage of the three-day Brixia Tour. He was admitted to a hospital and released a few hours later.

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