Alessandro De Marchi suffers multiple fractures, a lung contusion and abrasions in Tour de France crash
Jul 15 2019 03:17 am CET

Alessandro De Marchi suffers multiple fractures, a lung contusion and abrasions in Tour de France crash
Alessandro De Marchi suffers multiple fractures, a lung contusion and abrasions in Tour de France crash
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CCC-Team's Alessandro De Marchi had to withdraw from the Tour de France after suffering a heavy crash at the start of the ninth stage. The rider has been diagnosed with multiple fractures, a lung contusion and abrasions.

The rider hit the deck in the first ten kilometres of the stage of the French grand tour and he was immediately taken to the hospital where further examinations confirmed that he sustained a fractured clavicle, ribs and a lung contusion.

"Alessandro De Marchi was taken to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire - Hôpital Nord in Saint-Étienne where X-rays confirmed a fractured clavicle, fractured fourth rib, lung contusion with a small pneumothorax, all of which is on the left side, and multiple superficial contusions, including a laceration above the left eyebrow," said CCC Team Chief Medical Officer Dr Max Testa. "Alessandro will be kept under observation for the next 24 to 48 hours, during which time it will be decided if surgery is necessary to fixate the clavicle fracture.

"Alessandro's recovery timeline will depend on whether he has surgery but it will be at least three to four weeks before he can start riding on the rollers, following which he will ease back into training on the road. He will hopefully be in a position to race again in early September but we will continue to monitor his recovery and adjust this plan accordingly."

De Marchi is disappointed to leave the race in these circumstances. "I'm really sorry to leave the Tour de France without having won a stage, which was my big goal," explained the Italian.

"I'm disappointed to interrupt my tradition of finishing Grand Tours, as this will be the first time I abandon one. I'm fortunate that my injuries are not worse than they are, I've had a chance to speak to my family, and I'm in good hands here at the hospital. I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike as soon as possible."






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