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by Neal Rogers
July 4, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan pulls foot from pedal in sprint, still wins Stage 3 of Tour de France; Jolien D’hoore takes Stage 4 sprint at Giro Rosa; Viviani wins Stage 1 at Tour of Austria as Vanmarcke moves into race lead; McCabe, Allar take US national criterium championship titles; Van Avermaet and Porte aggressive, but BMC Racing empty handed after Stage 3; Esteban Chaves hit by tragic news from Colombia; Dan Martin pleased with Stage 3 podium finish, GC situation at Tour de France; Peter Sagan becomes C40 Goodwill Ambassador for Biking Cities; Izagirre recovering in Germany after surgery on lumbar vertebrae; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 3 highlights.
Like his compatriot Alejandro Valverde, Spaniard Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) is recovering in a Düsseldorf hospital after having surgery to repair a lumbar vertebral fracture suffered in the wet and rainy Stage 1 time trial.
“This morning Ion went under surgery for decompression and stabilization of lumbar vertebral fracture, which he suffered in the crash on Saturday,” said Bahrain-Merida team doctor Luca Pollastri. “The surgery went well without any complications. Ion will remain at the University Hospital of Düsseldorf for at least four days before returning back home to Spain to start his recovery. Recovery is expected to take a few months. The team’s medical staff is in close contact with the surgeon, who performed the operation, and is satisfied with all the feedback. They will accompany the rider through his road to recovery.”
Within the team’s press release was a barb at race organizer ASO, pointing out that the turn that claimed Valverde, Izagirre, and others, should have been better protected. “If on that rainy start day of Tour de France, on that tricky curve, there were some safety hay bails, all could turn out different,” the Bahrain-Merida statement read. “But we don’t want to stay concentrated on the past, the future is more important. We will help and do all possible to make Ion feel safe and comfortable in this unfortunate situation and that he will be able to return as soon as possible to the job he loves the most – cycling.”