A crash early in today's third stage of the Rally of Morocco has knocked Marc Coma out of the race, the Spaniard suffering a dislocated left shoulder that has forced him to withdraw and fly back to Spain for treatment.

Coma crashed on the 221-mile stage between Erfoud and Zagora and was taken to hospital in Errachidia. He will return to Spain tomorrow, according to his Red Bull KTM team. Coma was second in the overall standings after the first two stages of the event.

Honda's Helder Rodrigues, who was riding behind Coma at the time of the crash, stopped and assisted his injured rival until Coma's teammate Joan Pedrero arrived on the scene.

Once Coma was airlifted from the scene, Pedrero was able to continue his race, though he would lose more time due to a navigational error.

Todays' stage was won by Paulo Goncalves over Rodrigues with Chaleco Lopez third.

Rodrigues leads the overall standings by a tick over 11 minutes from KTM's Cyril Despres.

By Cycle News Staff

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