Richie Porte fractures clavicle and pelvis, no surgery required
Jul 10 2017 02:47 am CET

Richie Porte fractures clavicle and pelvis, no surgery required
Richie Porte fractures clavicle and pelvis, no surgery required
Photo of Richie Porte © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Richie Porte of BMC Racing Team has fractured his pelvis and clavicle in Sunday's Tour de France stage 9 crash. The Australian will not require surgery, the team confirmed.

Porte crashed during the last descent of the day and initially received treatment on the spot before being taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

"Richie Porte was transferred to the Centre Hopitalier Metropole Savoie in Chambery where he was evaluated by Dr. Zerr," said BMC Racing Team's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa.

"He underwent X-rays to determine the extent of his injuries. His condition was stable from the beginning, he was responsive and he remembered everything that happened before and after the crash.

"X-rays confirmed a non-displaced right clavicle fracture and a non-displaced right acetabulum fracture. Richie also suffered extensive superficial abrasions involving the right side of his body. At this stage, the injuries will not require surgery. The plan is to re-evaluate Richie tomorrow morning and confirm that he is stable enough to be transferred home."

The recovery is expected to take four to six weeks, Dr. Testa went on to explain.

"Normally, a fractured clavicle and pelvis would require four to six weeks’ recovery, providing there are no complications. If everything goes to plan, Richie could be back on the bike at the beginning of August and slowly build his fitness up from there. Based on Richie’s recovery, we will re-evaluate his program for the rest of the season in consultation with BMC Racing Team management."

Porte began the ninth stage in fifth position in the overall standings, at 39 seconds from race leader Chris Froome.




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