Pozzovivo to miss Spanish Vuelta after breaking leg and arm in crash

Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo leads Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin, right, and Britain's Chris Froome during the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia in 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

COSENZA, Italy — Italian cyclist Domenico Pozzovivo will undergo surgery and miss the Spanish Vuelta after being injured in a collision with a car while training.

The 36-year-old Pozzovivo fractured bones in his leg and arm in the crash in Cosenza in southern Italy on Monday and was taken by ambulance to Annunziata Hospital.

His Bahrain Merida team says Pozzovivo is in intensive care and will need surgery but he is "stable and conscious."

The team says it will give more updates after surgery.

Pozzovivo was set for a leadership role for Bahrain Merida at the Vuelta, which starts Aug. 24.

He was also forced to miss the 2014 edition of the race after breaking his leg in a training incident.

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