Team CSC suffered a double blow on the Giro d’Italia’s third stage, losing Bradley McGee and Stuart O’Grady to injury. The team’s Australian duo were involved in a crash on the 221 kilometre stage to Milazzo.

Both Olympic champion McGee and 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner O’Grady suffered a broken collarbone as a result of the accident. While McGee immediately withdrew from the event, O’Grady continued on to finish the stage eight minutes behind but will not start tomorrow’s fourth stage.

“Today was a real downer for us,” admitted CSC sports director Kim Andersen. “First of all we had several riders involved in the crashes but mostly because of the two broken collar bones of course.

“It’s a great loss to have to do without Bradley and Stuart because they’ve both been extremely valuable for us in our fight for a good overall position in this race,” he added.

Does it matter if you race clean if you crash out?

Zabriskie out yesterday; McGee and O’Grady out today … Millar went down today as well …

I think the Italians are conspiring to remove either a) English-speakers or b) non-dopers (if not both) from this year’s edition of the Giro d’Italia. It must be the Mafia …