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by Shane Stokes
January 27, 2018
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After crashing out of the Vuelta a San Juan on Wednesday, two days after he took the opening stage, Fernando Gaviria has returned to Colombia in order to recover at home. He was taken to hospital in San Juan after the crash for assessment, and at that point fractures were ruled out. He had abrasions on his body and a deep wound to his knee, although the latter didn’t require stitches.
“I am feeling okay after yesterday’s crash,” he said, in quotes released by QuickStep Floors on Friday. “As you saw, we were riding in the side wind and the pace was high, stretching out the peloton. In a split second there was a move in the line of the guys in front of me and my wheel got caught on the wrong side of my teammate. None of us could have done anything to prevent it.
“It’s sad to leave the Vuelta a San Juan because it’s a fantastic event and I was looking forward to racing it all the way to the end. Tonight, I will travel to Colombia, where I’ll have further examinations, which I hope to confirm that there’s no serious damage, and try to prepare the best I can for Colombia Oro y Paz. It will be important to see how my body reacts to this crash, but I hope for a smooth recovery.”
He thanked the race organisers, the local and provincial state governments and the medical staff of the hospital. Gaviria had notched up his 24th victory as a QuickStep Floors rider in the race, and will return to action in the Colombia Oro y Paz race.