Fernando Gaviria to travel to Colombia after Vuelta a San Juan crash
Jan 26 2018 02:36 pm CET

Fernando Gaviria to travel to Colombia after Vuelta a San Juan crash
Fernando Gaviria to travel to Colombia after Vuelta a San Juan crash
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors sprinter Fernando Gaviria is set to travel to Colombia after having to abandon the Vuelta a San Juan as result of a crash.

The Colombian suffered several abrasions and a deep wound on his left knee, but fractures were ruled out in tests performed at a nearby hospital.

"I am feeling okay after yesterday’s crash," the rider said. "We were riding in the side wind and the pace was high, stretching out the peloton. In a split second there was a move in the line of the guys in front of me and my wheel got caught on the wrong side of my teammate. None of us could have done anything to prevent it."

Gaviria will now travel to his home country where he will try to recover in time for the inaugural edition of Colombia Oro y Paz, which is set to take place between the 6th and the 11th of February.

"It’s sad to leave the Vuelta a San Juan because it’s a fantastic event and I was looking forward to racing it all the way to the end.

"Tonight, I will travel to Colombia, where I’ll have further examinations, which I hope to confirm that there’s no serious damage, and try to prepare the best I can for Colombia Oro y Paz. It will be important to see how my body reacts to this crash, but I hope for a smooth recovery."

Gaviria was forced to leave the Argentinean race after having won the opening stage. In 2017 the Colombian won two stages at the 2.1 category event.




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