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by Mark Zalewski
March 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow; Team Sky riders consider asking Brailsford to step down; Dr. Freeman to be recalled by Parliament committee for testimony, but no Wiggins; Shane Sutton ultimately undone at British Cycling by mystery medical package?; British Cycling appoints new CEO, Julie Harrington, from Football Association; Michael Schär out with fractured collarbone; Paris-Nice weather taking toll on peloton; Lappartient re-elected as European Cycling Union president; Taxi passenger only given fine for dooring of cyclist, causing death; Cyclist seeking Good Samaritans who helped him after crash; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 2 highlights; On-board footage of Caleb Ewan’s win at Abu Dhabi Tour.
BMC’s Michael Schär has a broken collarbone after a crash on the first stage of Paris-Nice, 20km from the finish in Bois d’Arcy. This comes at an inopportune time for the team as the Swiss rider is a key component of their Classics squad and will likely be out until at least Paris-Roubaix, or longer.
Courtesy: Team BMC
“Michael Schär fractured his right collarbone and right iliac bone when he hit the ground hard on his right side,” said team doctor Giovanni Ruffini. “Fortunately, the fractures are non-displaced so no surgery is required at this stage. His injuries will take more time to heal without surgery but given he has fractured two parts of his body the recovery period is longer in any case.
“Michael will need between four and six weeks off the bike, after which he can train on the rollers and slowly return to a normal training load. We will continue to monitor Michael’s recovery progress and with any luck he will be able to return sooner than expected.”
“We were in the second group with Richie Porte trying to chase the front group back,” Schär said. “After the cobbled section I was behind Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and he went into the gutter once, which was dirt, and then a second time, and then he went down right in front of me. I went down and immediately felt my collarbone and then I tried to stand up and I couldn’t stand on my feet so I thought that something wasn’t right with my hip.
“It’s very painful, especially the hip, and above all I’m just really disappointed to start the race like this and put my season on hold again.”