Andre Greipel undergoes collarbone surgery and dismisses rest of Classic season
Mar 19 2018 11:46 pm CET

Andre Greipel undergoes collarbone surgery and dismisses rest of Classic season

Lotto-Soudal's Andre Greipel has undergone surgery to fix the fractures in the collarbone that he sustained at Milano-Sanremo.

The fractures of the rider were successfully treated on the operation table. "Doctor Claes said it was a difficult, but successful operation," Greipel confirmed. "The collarbone was broken into different pieces. I already could go home this morning.

"The upcoming week I need to leave the bike aside and afterwards, depending on the amount of pain I have, I can start riding on the rollers. The next weeks I can’t ride any races, so I try to be patient and not to rush anything."

The German crashed during the descent of the Poggio at the first Monument of the season. "I immediately felt my collarbone was broken," he commented. "Scans in the hospital of Nice Saturday night confirmed that. As a rider you always hope for a miracle, so you can start in the Classics, but that hope disappeared quickly. The next weeks will be all about rest and rehabilitation and I will come and cheer for the team in one of the races. Unfortunately, this is also part of a cyclist’s life."

"I’m over the first disappointment, but it’s true that I had never climbed Cipressa and Poggio so smoothly. This time it wasn’t the ascent of the Poggio that eliminated me, but the descent. Despite a crash in the first feed zone and a pursuit on Turchino, I felt very good.

"Between Cipressa and Poggio we were still riding on the first rows of the bunch with five teammates to turn up the Poggio in a perfect position and after the top, I still had Jasper De Buyst and Jens Debusschere with me."

Greipel also commented on Vincenzo Nibali, the winner of the race, and the last kilometres of the course. "Of course Nibali’s jump was a huge effort," the rider affirmed.

"Hats off to him for making it to the finish with such a headwind! But I would have loved to sprint on the Via Roma. The race was perfect for sprinters, the sun had come out in the last two hours of the race and I had never been in such a good condition for the Classics. But it wasn’t meant to be."
Photo of Andre Greipel (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal