No fractures for McCarthy in Vuelta a España crash

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VILLANUEVA DE VALDEGOVIA SPAIN OCTOBER 27 sof Australia and Team BORA Hansgrohe Crash Injury Medical Doctor Abandon during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 7 a 1597km from VitoriaGasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 27 2020 in Villanueva de Valdegovia Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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VILLANUEVA DE VALDEGOVIA SPAIN  OCTOBER 27 sof Australia and Team BORA  Hansgrohe  Crash  Injury Medical  Doctor  Abandon  during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 7 a 1597km from VitoriaGasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia  lavuelta  LaVuelta20  La Vuelta  on October 27 2020 in Villanueva de Valdegovia Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
VILLANUEVA DE VALDEGOVIA SPAIN OCTOBER 27 sof Australia and Team BORA Hansgrohe Crash Injury Medical Doctor Abandon during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 7 a 1597km from VitoriaGasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 27 2020 in Villanueva de Valdegovia Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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VILLANUEVA DE VALDEGOVIA SPAIN  OCTOBER 27 sof Australia and Team BORA  Hansgrohe  Crash  Injury Medical  Doctor  Abandon  during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 7 a 1597km from VitoriaGasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia  lavuelta  LaVuelta20  La Vuelta  on October 27 2020 in Villanueva de Valdegovia Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
VILLANUEVA DE VALDEGOVIA SPAIN OCTOBER 27 sof Australia and Team BORA Hansgrohe Crash Injury Medical Doctor Abandon during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 7 a 1597km from VitoriaGasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 27 2020 in Villanueva de Valdegovia Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Australian Jay McCarthy's 2020 season ended prematurely with a crash and exit from stage 7 of the Vuelta a España on Tuesday.

With a dozen days of racing left in the coronavirus-shortened Grand Tour, McCarthy crashed at high speed during the 159.7km stage from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia.

The peloton was chasing behind a large breakaway across a plateau between the day's two category 1 ascents of the Puerto de Orduña when McCarthy was spotted by television cameras on his back in the middle of a farmer's field, his bike alarmingly far away from the road the race was on, indicating the fall had come at a high speed.

The Bora-Hansgrohe car as well as medics were quick to stop and attend to the 28-year-old rider, who was forced to abandon the race. Out of caution, he was strapped to a backboard and taken by ambulance to hospital for tests.

The team later announced that doctors ruled out any head or spinal injuries, and found no broken bones.

"He has suffered a severe distortion of the knee, which leads us to assume a complicated ligament injury of the right knee joint. An evaluation of the imaging is still pending at this time," the team said.