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Rock Racing's Francisco Mancebo crashed out of Stage 7, causing the King of the Mountains jersey to be awarded to Team Saxo Bank's Jason McCartney. McCartney leads Rock Racing's Tyler Hamilton in KOM points 29 to 22. Sunday's Stage 8 from Rancho Bernardo to Escondido includes four opportunities to earn KOM points, including a ride up the Palomar Mountain featuring a seven-percent average grade and 4,200 feet of climbing.

 

TEAM STATEMENT

 

From Michael Ball, Rock Racing Team Owner

Regarding Francisco Mancebo

 

Pasadena, Calif. (February 21, 2009) - "Following his unfortunate crash during today's stage, Francisco Mancebo is currently receiving medical attention at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. While we are still awaiting confirmation, we believe he has suffered a concussion as well as a broken hand and elbow. The fact he is unable to continue the race does not in any way diminish his accomplishments or those of the team. Attrition took its toll and we lost two incredible riders in Paco today and Victor Hugo Pena after Stage 4, but that's bike racing. This is such an exciting team and I am incredibly proud of everything we've achieved this week."

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