SHOOT: Very upsetting. This makes me mad, have no idea how Lance feels.
LOS ANGELES — Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong abandoned the Tour of California after crashing early in the fifth stage on Thursday.
"Sorry to report there was a huge crash," RadioShack team manager Johan Bruyneel said via Twitter. "Lance had to abandon and is going to the hospital for x-rays."
Armstrong, defending champion and teammate Levi Leipheimer, and Saxo Bank?s Stuart O'Grady were among those involved in the crash, which came as the road narrowed departing the town of Visalia.
Armstrong had started his day denying doping accusations levelled by former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after a positive dope test.
Landis has gone public with confessions of his own doping, and alleged that Armstrong and Bruyneel were also involved in systematic doping.
"We have nothing to hide," Armstrong said before the fifth stage began. "We have nothing to run from."