Liege-Bastogne-Liege crash takes Alberto Bettiol out of Giro d'Italia selection
Apr 23 2018 12:54 am CET

Liege-Bastogne-Liege crash takes Alberto Bettiol out of Giro d'Italia selection
Liege-Bastogne-Liege crash takes Alberto Bettiol out of Giro d'Italia selection
Photo BMC Racing Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alberto Bettiol has fractured his left clavicle in a crash sustained during Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The rider will miss the Giro d'Italia.

Bettiol suffered several injuries in a crash in the last race of the spring classics. "Alberto Bettiol sustained a displaced fracture of the left clavicle, a left rib fracture, and a bruised lung," said BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer, Max Testa. "He will remain in hospital overnight and tomorrow we will reassess his condition.

The Italian will be sent home as soon as possible but will be off the bike for several weeks. "Alberto will be discharged in 24-48 hours and then transfer home to Italy," the Doctor added.

"He will have surgery in the next five to seven days to fixate the clavicle fracture. Unfortunately, he will miss the Giro d'Italia and will likely be back on the bike in two to three weeks with an expected return to racing in six weeks. We will continue to monitor his recovery and will have a better understanding of this post-surgery."

Bettiol is disappointed about missing the first grand tour of the season. "I'm not feeling so good because of the pain in my left side," the rider affirmed. "I cannot breathe properly because of the fractured left rib and my fractured clavicle is also painful. The team, Valerio Piva and Max Testa, and the hospital have taken really good care of me. It could be better but it could also be worse so I'm focusing on the positives and thankful that all of my injuries will heal."

"It was a stupid crash. I didn't take any risks in the downhill but there was something on the road, maybe some oil or gravel, and my front wheel slipped out. For sure, the Giro d'Italia is out of the question which is really disappointing because as an Italian cyclist, it is the dream. We will see tomorrow morning but I hope to be back as soon as possible."




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