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Ritter crashes while bike riding

By Charles Ashby

Gov. Bill Ritter injured several ribs in a bicycle accident early this morning.

The Democrat, who rides with some friends several times a week, crashed into another rider in a neighborhood east of downtown Denver just after 6 a.m. this morning.

His spokesman, Evan Dreyer, reports that the governor is being treated at Denver Health Medical Center, but is in good spirits.

He was laughing and joking with his wife, Jeannie, and hospital staff.

Five O'Clock update:

Dreyer reports that the governor will remain overnight at the hospital because his injuries are more serious than first thought.

He's injured five ribs that are either fractured or broken, Dreyer said.

Apparently, the accident occurred when he was riding with four other friends when he "rubbed tires" with one of them, causing Ritter to lose control and another biker to crash into him.

Dreyer said the 53-year-old governor "probably is feeling his age right now."

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