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by Shane Stokes
March 13, 2018
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Fifth last year in Milan-San Remo, Fernando Gaviria will miss next weekend’s edition of the race due to his fall on Monday’s sixth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The Colombian sprinter hit the deck with eight kilometres to go. Once across the finish line, he was assessed at the race’s X-ray truck, where a spiral fracture of metacarpal 1 on the left hand was diagnosed.
His team said that this requires surgery and that it will be carried out in at the AZ Herentals hospital in Belgium on Tuesday. Once that is done, the time necessary for recovery will be known.
“I’m devastated to miss Milano-Sanremo,” said Gaviria. “I was in very good form and was looking forward to Saturday’s race. I’m also sorry for my teammates, because they did a great job today and I wanted to repay them with a victory. But I must take things as they are now and just hope to have a fast recovery.”
Gaviria won the opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan this year, and also took the first three stages of the Colombia Oro y Paz.
QuickStep Floors has another option for the sprints. New signing Elia Viviani has shown excellent form this season, taking stages in the Santos Tour Down Under, the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour, and winning the overall in the latter. The team also features Philippe Gilbert and Julian Alaphilippe, both capable of chasing victory from a breakaway.