Luke Durbridge and Alex Edmondson out of cobbled classics due to injuries
Mar 28 2019 07:39 am CET

Luke Durbridge and Alex Edmondson out of cobbled classics due to injuries
Luke Durbridge and Alex Edmondson out of cobbled classics due to injuries
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Luke Durbridge and Alex Edmondson are out of Mitchelton-Scott's rosters for the rest of cobbled Classics season due to injuries.

Durbridge was involved in a crash at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne that forced him out of the race. Scans revealed a fracture to the right collarbone and a fracture to the left metacarpal bone in his left hand, both requiring surgery.

"I have broken my collarbone and my left finger," the Australian explained. "I am a bit devastated to be missing the Classics obviously, they’re my favourite races of the year and it’s really upsetting, but this is cycling and it can happen like that sometimes.

"I will have surgery tomorrow and we will assess from there. I am sad to leave the boys up here in Belgium, but I will be back and we will fight for these races again next year, I’m sure."

Edmonson hit the deck over two weeks ago at the GP Industria and Artigianato which caused pain in his elbow. Despite him starting at Tirreno-Adriatico, the pain hasn't receded and has forced him to withdraw from the upcoming cobbled races, as the nature of the racing won't allow the injury to heal.

"Obviously I’m completely gutted to be out of the Classics due to my elbow," he commented. "I crashed at GP Industria and Artigianato which was a nothing crash, but I landed hard on the inside of my elbow and have been having a lot of issues with the nerves and pain in my arm.

"The Classics were a big goal of mine which makes it even harder to swallow but I have to listen to the medical staff, at the end of the day my health comes first. I won’t be in Belgium for the Classics but now I’ll be sitting on my couch cheering on the Mitchelton-Scott boys. It’s time for some rehab and focus on the next goals!"




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