Dave Zabriskie’s bad luck at the Grand Tours continues as he crashes out of the Giro d’Italia during stage 2.

Early reports indicate that the Team Slipstream-Chipotle rider, Alberto Contador (Astana), and a couple of other riders crashed on some railroad tracks. Apparently DZ took the brunt of the fall, as the other riders were able to rejoin the race. Zabriskie was taken to hospital in an ambulance, but was conscious and sitting up at the side of the road holding his back before being placed on the gurney and taken way by paramedics.

Here’s hoping that it’s nothing terribly serious, and that he’ll be back on two wheels soon.

Update: 17:35 GMT

VeloNews | Zabriskie crashes out of Giro

David Zabriskie’s 2008 Giro d’Italia ended Sunday when he was caught at a pileup with about 55km to go in the 207km second stage from Cerfalù to Agrigento.

Zabriskie, 29, went down with several other riders as the peloton approached a railroad crossing.

Zabriskie, who started the day second overall, was knocked off his bike and was unable to rejoin the pack. Doctors immediately attended to the reigning U.S. time trial champion and transported him to a local hospital.

Team officials confirmed to VeloNewsthat Zabriskie suffered a fractured L1 vertabrae, in what was described as a painful, but not a serious injury.

Zabriskie, who wore the yellow jersey in the 2005 Tour de France, played a key role in Slipstream-Chipotle’s victory in Saturday’s team time trial event that delivered the maglia rosa to teammate Christian Vande Velde.