Vincenzo Nibali on stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Nibali fractures wrist, Giro start uncertain

Vincenzo Nibali's status for the Giro d'Italia is uncertain after the four-time Grand Tour winner suffered a broken wrist in a training crash on Wednesday.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos


Vincenzo Nibali’s status for the Giro d’Italia is uncertain after the four-time Grand Tour winner suffered a broken wrist in a training crash on Wednesday.

Trek-Segafredo said on Twitter that exams showed a compound fracture of the radius of Nibali’s right wrist. He will undergo surgery on Thursday to treat the fracture.

Nibali will assumedly miss out on the Tour of the Alps, and whether he will be able to recover adequately in time to start the upcoming Giro d’Italia is not yet known. The race gets underway in Turin on May 8.

“I am struggling to find the words to describe the huge sorrow I feel. A trivial accident with heavy consequences that, unfortunately, puts into serious question all the efforts made to prepare for the upcoming races. It’s a verdict I have to accept,” Nibali wrote on social media.

“Tomorrow I’ll have surgery and then I’ll start a path, not easy and not immediate, to try to be at the start of the Giro. This is the goal I have in front of me and I will also do the impossible to hit it. Promised.”

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