New tests reveal fracture in Nicolas Roche's kneecap
Sep 05 2019 12:05 am CET

New tests reveal fracture in Nicolas Roche's kneecap
New tests reveal fracture in Nicolas Roche's kneecap
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Team Sunweb's Nicholas Roche has undergone further examinations after his crash in the Vuelta a España that revealed a broken kneecap.

The Irishman, who wore the Red Jersey for three days, crashed out of the Vuelta a España at the sixth stage with multiple injuries but the first examinations didn't reveal anything serious. Days later, Roche underwent some new tests that revealed a fracture in the kneecap of his left knee, which will keep him longer out of competition.

"Nicolas had a heavy crash at the Vuelta last week sustaining multiple injuries that meant he was unable to continue," said team physician Camiel Aldershof. "Upon returning home he underwent further examinations with an MRI scan revealing a fractured left patella. Nicholas will continue to take it easy for the next few weeks and if all goes to plan, he should be back on the bike within four-six weeks."

Roche is disappointed about this news. "After going through the big disappointment of leaving the Vuelta, I held hope that I would still be able to continue riding my bike and compete in the Italian classics once the oedema had healed," he commented. "But this news has just hit me again – now my priority is to look after my rehabilitation in the best way possible so that I can get back healthy and on the bike ASAP."




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