Giant-Alcepin riders hit by car

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Team Giant-Alpecin at the head of the peleton during stage nine of the 2015 Tour de France

Six Giant-Alpecin riders have been taken to hospital after being struck by a car driven by a British woman while training in southern Spain.

All the casualties are said to be in a “stable condition”, with one of them suffering serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

German John Degenkolb suffered a partially detached finger.

The team said in a statement that the riders were riding side-by-side on their own side of the road at the time.

It added: “A car coming the other direction rode into the group of riders head on.”

Helicopters were used in the rescue and the riders were taken to two hospitals.

The other riders were later identified as Max Walscheid from Germany, Warren Barguil (France), Chad Haga (United States), Frederk Ludvigsson (Sweden) and Ramon Sinkeldam (Netherlands).

“Given the circumstances, I am fine,” Degenkolb wrote on his Facebook page after needing stitches in his thigh, forearm and lip.

He added he was being transported to a larger hospital in Valencia to deal with the injury to his finger.

Barguil was initially reported to be one of the most severely injured, but his uncle and agent Sebastien Michon believes he has escaped with just a broken wrist.

“Warren is suffering from a broken wrist although this remains to be confirmed,” he told French regional newspaper Le Telegramme.

Elsewhere, Cycling News has reported that Italian rider Adriani Maloris has been placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including head fractures, in a crash during the fifth stage of the Tour de San Luis.

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