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by Mark Zalewski
November 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Savio promises legal action after being cleared in ‘pay and ride’ investigation; Former pro who injected son with steroids given lifetime ban; Mikel Landa to lead Sky at Giro; Beñat Intxausti ready to restart in 2017; Georgia Baker completes ORICA-AIS 2017 roster; Caja Rural-Seguros RGA signs Page, extends with Arroyo; Marc Sergeant reflects on highs and lows of 2016; Dutch track riders threaten federation over future of coach; Van Avermaet undergoes surgery from MTB crash; Meares named as third Gold Coast 2018 ambassador; Superprestige Gavere highlights; Happy birthday Bernard Hinault.
Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) had surgery on Monday to secure a small, non-displaced, distal left fibula fracture, that he sustained over the weekend while riding a mountain bike.
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa said he expects Van Avermaet to make a full recovery.
“Injuries are unfortunately part of a cyclist’s career, something that Greg understands well having already bounced back successfully from injury this year. Following surgery Greg’s training program will be readjusted according to his progress over the next two to three weeks, and in agreement with Dr. Leenders,” Dr. Testa said.
“I am confident that this injury will not interfere with Greg’s objectives for the 2017 season.”
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Tim Leenders, in Antwerp. The surgery route was decided in order to speed up the recovery time and allow Van Avermaet to resume training in three to four weeks.