Broken leg sidelines McEwen

Updated: May 29, 2009, 7:52 AM ET
Associated Press

BRUSSELS -- Australian sprint ace Robbie McEwen says he will miss the Tour de France after breaking his shinbone in Belgium.

McEwen said on his Twitter feed Friday that he had surgery on his leg on Thursday and will probably be back on the bike in September.

McEwen said he broke his left tibia when he hit a road sign during a tumultuous finale of the second stage of the Tour of Belgium.

Doctors inserted two screws to repair the leg but the recovery period would rule out participation in the Tour, which is held July 4-26.

McEwen has won a dozen stages in the Tour thanks to his explosive sprinting ability, which also earned him a silver medal at the 2002 world championship.


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