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US cyclist breaks leg in accident with car

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2011 file photo shows American cyclist Levi Leipheimer celebrating after winning the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, in Denver. Leipheimer felt 'lucky to be alive' after he was hit by a car while training for a race. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider was training by himself Sunday, April 1, 2012, for the Tour of Basque Country when he was struck from behind. The Italian team said in a statement that Leipheimer went to a hospital. He had a sore and swollen lower left leg but no broken bones.  FILE - This Aug. 28, 2011 file photo shows American cyclist Levi Leipheimer celebrating after winning the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, in Denver. Leipheimer felt "lucky to be alive" after he was hit by a car while training for a race. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider was training by himself Sunday, April 1, 2012, for the Tour of Basque Country when he was struck from behind. The Italian team said in a statement that Leipheimer went to a hospital. He had a sore and swollen lower left leg but no broken bones.  (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
April 5, 2012
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BERA, Spain—American cyclist Levi Leipheimer will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his left leg when he was hit by a car in training.

His Omega Pharma-Quickstep team says X-rays diagnosed a broken leg after he was hit on Sunday while riding solo ahead of the Tour of Basque Country.

Leipheimer was "disappointed" but relieved to have broken the smaller bone in the lower leg as "I can't communicate how close I came to being killed and that was incredibly scary."

Leipheimer will be sidelined for two weeks before the team evaluates the full length of his recovery. The former teammate of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador hopes to return in May for the Tour of California.

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