Andre Greipel to miss Classics due to shoulder injury
Feb 12 2020 03:33 am CET

Andre Greipel to miss Classics due to shoulder injury
Andre Greipel to miss Classics due to shoulder injury
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Israel Start-Up Nation's Andre Greipel has suffered shoulder injuries that will leave him out of competition for three months, which means he will likely miss the classics.

The German rider had a good start of the season by finishing in the top ten of three stages at the Santos Tour Down Under but now he suffered a setback. Greipel was doing a training ride with teammate Rick Zabel near Köln when the accident happened.

"A car came in our direction, so we went single file on a small road. There was water and mud on the road and somehow I came off the road and lost my balance. My front wheel slipped, and I slid towards a rock with my head and shoulder first..."

The ride continued after he put his shoulder back in position. " I was hoping it would be ok," he commented.

But further tests showed he suffered a shoulder luxation and a fracture. "Greipel will most probably need surgery to fix the dislocated labrum gleonoidale to its normal position," said Israel Start-Up Nation through a press release. "Further examinations will take place tomorrow, but according to doctor (Ortwin) Schafer it seems that the German legion will return to racing in about 3 months."

"It's definitely a big set back for Greipel and the team," added the team's manager Kjell Carlstrom. "He started the season so well in the Tour Down Under and showed what kind of a leader he is for the team. We already lost two riders for months to severe injuries - Rory Sutherland and Ben Hermans. So it's definitely bad news and something we will need to overcome but it will not be easy."
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