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World's top-rated cyclist could miss rest of year

The world's top-ranked cyclist, Laurent Jalabert, could miss the rest of the season after sustaining a fractured skull and breaking his collarbone during a Sunday race in Spain, his ONCE team said.

Jalabert was transferred to a hospital in Madrid on Sunday night and released from the emergency ward Monday morning. The hospital said Jalabert was "conscious and in a stable condition without complications."

The fall came halfway through the opening stage of the Tour of Castille and Leon.

"It was a stupid accident," said ONCE team physician doctor Nicolas Terrados. "He doesn't even remember what happened."

It was the second serious fall in the 30-year-old Frenchman's career.

Jalabert was out of action for nine weeks in 1994 after breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing four teeth in a sprint-finish crash on the first stage of the Tour de France.

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