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Leipheimer hit by car, 'lucky to be alive'
American cyclist Leipheimer 'lucky to be alive' after being hit by car in training in Spain
By The Associated Press

GUENES, Spain (AP) ' American cyclist Levi 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 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.

Leipheimer was to be examined again Monday in California before a date can be set for his return to racing, the team said.

The 38-year-old former teammate of Lance Armstrong will skip the six-stage Spanish race, which begins Monday.

"This is one of those mornings when feeling like I got run over is actually true," Leipheimer wrote on Twitter on Monday. "Yes I was hit by a car directly from behind, didn't see or hear it coming. One of the scariest experiences of my life."

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