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by Shane Stokes
September 13, 2017
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Vincenzo Nibali’s fifth-place finish on the penultimate day of the Vuelta a España has assumed a new significance after his Bahrain-Merida team stated that he had suffered a fracture during the stage. The Italian hit the deck while descending a wet road prior to the Angliru.
“It’s a shame about sliding in the curve,” he said after that stage, explaining how the fall happened. “It was raining and the road was dirty and slippery. Until then we did a great race but then I had to defend myself on last climb. I’m glad I was able to defend my second place.
“My teammates have done a wonderful job, but I must thank Franco Pellizotti in particular. Without him and with the strong pain on my left side I do not know if I would arrive with the best at the finish line at the top of Angliru.”
Now some context has been given to that pain by Bahrain-Merida Team Doctor Emilio Magni. “The radiological examination confirmed clinically suspected micro-fracture of the left seventh rib cortical bone,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday. “Vincenzo should rest for a few days, with subsequent clinical re-evaluation.”
Nibali finished second overall in the Vuelta, two minutes and 15 seconds behind Chris Froome (Team Sky). Because of his injury, Italian national coach Davide Cassani has confirmed Nibali will miss the upcoming world road race championships in Norway.