Serious Crash at Tour of Switzerland

GC contender Soler airlifted with brain trauma


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Colombia’s Juan Mauricio Soler has been hospitalized after colliding with a spectator on stage six of the Tour of Switzerland. Soler, 28, is reported to have suffered skull fractures and cerebral edema, or bleeding on the brain, and was transported by air to a hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland. At the time of the crash, near kilometer 33 of the 157-kilometer stage to Triesenberg/Malbun, Soler was riding second overall in the general classification, less than a minute behind Italy’s Damiano Cunego. On Sunday, Soler won stage two over Cunego and took the overall race lead, which he later relinquished. Soler is in the midst of a mid-career comeback after a 2007 Tour de France that saw him take the best climber’s polka dot jersey. A series of crashes, including a head-on collision with a car last year, have kept Soler from entering the Tour since then. Multiple reports indicate that doctors are treating Soler in intensive care. The Netherlands’ Steven Kruijswijk won today’s stage over American Levi Leipheimer.