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STIRLING, Australia (CT) – An unfortunate crash on stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under left Steve Morabito (FDJ) sitting on the tarmac with a dislocated shoulder. But despite the injury, the Swiss rider was able to finish the stage and hopes to continue racing tomorrow.
TV cameras turned their attention to Morabito with 27km remaining in the 148.6km stage from Unley to Stirling. The 34-year-old was seen holding his right arm and receiving medical attention at the back of the race. A short time later he was back on his bike, continuing on to the finish.
Morabito told CyclingTips and Cyclingnews after the stage that he’d popped his shoulder back in himself.
“The guys behind in the ambulance don’t want to do it, so I know how to do it and I did it by myself with the help of my team,” Morabito said. “I grab my handlebar and some guys were keeping my bike straight and I just pushed a little bit the shoulder and [it went back in]. It was really painful before and when it’s come in it’s again ok.”
It’s not the first time Morabito has dislocated his shoulder while racing.
“I did it already two, three times, so I already know the feeling,” he said. “First I touched my collarbone and felt it was nothing on it and I realise the shoulder is just sitting in the front and it was very clear … no doubt it’s [a shoulder injury].”
The incident happened when Morabito was off the back of the bunch, trying to get bottles from the team car.
“I was just looking behind, calling the car for having some bottles and I was in the air and I did like a [somersault],” he said. “I was on the floor, my shoulder dislocated and it was quite painful.”
Despite the injury, the Tour de Suisse stage winner wasn’t in considerable pain at the finish and hopes to be able to take the start in Glenelg tomorrow.
“I’ll ride to the Hilton [Hotel] and after I will see tonight and I hope to start again tomorrow.”