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by Shane Stokes
August 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan wins stage three in BinckBank Tour, moves closer to race lead; Lobato wins stage one of Tour de l’Ain; Rowe suffers serious stag party injury: ‘My foot was hanging off’; Veteran rider Tuft signs up for another year with Orica-Scott; Majka leads Bora–hansgrohe in Vuelta España, Sagan, Bennett and König will miss race; Koren to move from Cannondale-Drapac to Bahrain-Merida; Former junior Paris-Roubaix winner Sénéchal signs for QuickStep Floors; Video: Ayesha McGowan aiming to be the first African-American female pro cyclist; Video: US junior rider Hannah Jordan fending off rare growth disorder; Video: Chris Akrigg – The Mongoose Guide Raw
Luke Rowe has conceded that he could be out of the sport for up to a year as a result of an accident while on his brother’s stag party in Prague. The Team Sky rider fractured his tibia and fibula after he jumped into a shallow section of water while rafting, slamming into some rocks.
“It was a freak accident. It wasn’t like I was swinging from the roof tops drunk, but there is only one person to blame,” he told BBC Wales Sport. “It was a freak accident but it was a mistake. The water clearly wasn’t deep enough to jump into, but hindsight is a beautiful thing. Other people were jumping with no problems, but I hit a rock.
“I knew straight away how serious it was, it was excruciating pain and there are quite a few broken bones. I’ve broken a fair few bones in my career but this was significantly worse than any of them. It was double the pain – add the pain of a few broken bones together.”
The visual image of the accident was shocking to him, and makes for rough reading. “I lifted my leg, but my foot stayed still. It was kind of hanging off, limp. The bone didn’t break the skin, but it is pretty scary when you look down and see that when you are on the side of a riverbank.”
The 27-year-old Welshman helped Chris Froome to victory in this year’s Tour. He has already had one operation and is facing another this week. “We do know that operation by operation, scan by scan, it will get better. But the timescale? We just don’t know that. It’s a moment in your career where your back is against the wall and you really need to roll your sleeves up. It’s going to be a tough few months for me and it could be up to 9-12 months [out] – that’s realistic.”
Click through to read more at the BBC.