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by Shane Stokes
April 24, 2018
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Like Marianne Vos in the women’s version, BMC Racing Team rider Alberto Bettiol crashed during Liège-Bastogne-Liège and fractured his collarbone. The Italian will also be sidelined as a result, and will miss the Giro d’Italia.
“Alberto Bettiol sustained a displaced fracture of the left clavicle, a left rib fracture, and a bruised lung,” said the team’s chief medical officer Dr. Max Testa. “He will remain in hospital overnight and tomorrow we will reassess his condition.” Testa added that he will be discharged in one or two days from hospital, then will travel back to Italy. He will have surgery there in the next five to seven days, pinning his collarbone.
“Unfortunately, he will miss the Giro d’Italia and will likely be back on the bike in two to three weeks with an expected return to racing in six weeks. We will continue to monitor his recovery and will have a better understanding of this post-surgery.”
Bettiol gave the circumstances behind what happened. “It was a stupid crash. I didn’t take any risks in the downhill but there was something on the road, maybe some oil or gravel, and my front wheel slipped out,” he said. “For sure, the Giro d’Italia is out of the question which is really disappointing because as an Italian cyclist, it is the dream.
“I’m not feeling so good because of the pain in my left side. I cannot breathe properly because of the fractured left rib and my fractured clavicle is also painful.” He said that Testa plus the rest of the team and the hospital have been taking very good care of him. “It could be better but it could also be worse so I’m focusing on the positives and thankful that all of my injuries will heal.”