The German team's riders, who were not identified by name, were hit by the car on a minor road near Alicante and two helicopters were used in the rescue, emergency services for the Valencia region said on their Twitter feed (@GVA112).

The riders involved were of various nationalities and between 18 and 27 years old while the two with more serious injuries had sustained multiple fractures, they added.

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Giant-Alpecin said all the team's riders were in a "stable condition".

"There was an accident in training today at our camp in Spain," the team said on Twitter (@GiantAlpecin).

"Some riders involved in the crash went to the hospital for a check," they added. "More details to follow." (Additonal reporting by Emma Pinedo, writing by Iain Rogers, editing by Ken Ferris)

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