Francisco Ventoso to undergo surgery on Paris-Nice metacarpal fracture
Mar 16 2019 03:15 am CET

Francisco Ventoso to undergo surgery on Paris-Nice metacarpal fracture
Francisco Ventoso to undergo surgery on Paris-Nice metacarpal fracture
CCC Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

CCC Team's Francisco Ventoso has broken the fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand in a crash at the second half of the sixth stage of Paris-Nice. The Spanish rider was forced to abandon the race.

Team doctor Piotr Kosielski confirmed the diagnose of the Spaniard. "Francisco crashed around 90 kilometres into today's stage in France and he was immediately taken to hospital for observation," he explained. "X-Rays revealed that he has sustained a broken fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand.

"He will require surgery at home in Spain but providing everything goes to plan, Francisco should be able to resume training indoors within the week after surgery. The normal recovery period for this sort of injury can be up to four to five weeks and, I think we can except Francisco to have made a full recovery and be training on the road within that time frame. We will continue to monitor his recovery to determine when he will be able to race again."

Ventoso is disappointed about this but is determined to return to competition as soon as possible. "I had bad luck today because the crash happened after a tree branch on the road got caught in my front wheel," he commented. "I didn't see it in the middle of the road but, it immediately broke my front wheel and I flew over the top of my handlebars.

"I am of course disappointed with the situation but, these things happen and now all I can do is try to have the necessary surgery as fast as possible and get myself back on the bike as soon as I can."




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