South Yorkshire cyclist suffers broken collarbone in Tour de Yorkshire mass pile-up

Crash in Scarborough - picture Richard Ponter

Crash in Scarborough - picture Richard Ponter

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South Yorkshire's Russ Downing suffered a broken collarbone in a mass-pile which marred the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire yesterday.

Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the opening stage of the race in Scarborough yesterday ahead of Australian Caleb Ewan for a second year running.

However, dozens of riders headed back to their team buses in bad shape after a huge crash just metres from the finish line.

Rotherham's Downing was one of the riders who suffered a broken collarbone in the crash which has kept him out of the second stage of the race.

Downing took to Instagram to share a picture of his injury and confirm it would keep him out of the action today.

He said: "Stage 1 of @letouryorkshire was a tough one to finish with this ..

Crash in Scarborough - picture Richard Ponter

Crash in Scarborough - picture Richard Ponter

"As Tough as I think I am don't think I'll be able to make this start today .

"Thanks for all your msg #illbeback."

Downing also revealed that Sir Gary Verity rang him following the race to ask him about his injury.

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