By Yokota Fritz
2009 Amgen Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer
learned that he fractured his sacrum when he crashed on Stage 3 from San Jose to Modesto.
He was checked out after the Tour when the pain didn't go away. "It's not bad," says Leipheimer, "but no Paris Nice for me."
Team Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel thinks Leipheimer riding through the pain "gives even more credit to his heroic win."
Leipheimer was right behind teammate Lance Armstrong early in Stage 3 when he touched Armstrong's rear wheel and crashed
, taking out a few cyclists behind him.
The sacrum is is the large triangular bone between the two hip bones.Casey Gibson crash sequence photos here
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