André Greipel is Sunday night with success surgery on a broken linkersleutelbeen. That leaves his team Lotto Soudal know. “Doctor, doctor Claes said that it is a difficult but successful procedure. The collarbone was in several pieces broken,” explained Greipel.
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The German sprinter came Saturday in Milan-Sanremo fall during the descent of the Poggio and need a cross over his spring. During the surgery, performed by doctor Toon Claes in Herentals, belgium, was the complex fracture with a plate and ten bolts re-tightened.
“Doctor, doctor Claes said that it is a difficult but successful procedure. The collarbone was in several pieces broken,” explained Greipel. “I am this morning to the house cannot leave. The coming week should I be cycling along the side and then I can depending on the pain again start cycling on the reels. In the coming weeks, I can anyway, still no matches to finish, so I try to be patient and not to rush into things.”
Greipel felt that his collarbone was broken. Photos in the hospital of Nice Saturday confirmed the bad news. “As a rider do you hope is always a miracle, so you still can start in the upcoming classics, but my hope was quickly heading in printed”, says the ‘Gorilla’. “The coming weeks will be in the spirit of peace and rehabilitation, and I will have the team come and encourage during the course. Unfortunately hear this also at the life of a rider.”
“Had immense like a sprint on the Via Roma”
The German felt himself in La Primavera is very strong. “Despite a crash in the first supply and a chase on the turchino trait, I felt very good. Between Cipressa and Poggio reason we have five riders of our team on the front rows, to be in an ideal position of the Poggio on the run, and over the top, I still had Jasper De Buyst and Jens Debusschere with me,” he explains.
The victory eventually went to Vincenzo Nibali, who has a handsome solo he performed. “With the wind at the head of such solo from the legs shaking: chapeau!”, says Greipel. “But I had immense like a sprint on the Via Roma. The contest was ideal for the sprinters, the sun was there during the last two wedstrijduren interesting and I’ve never been good in condition in function of the classics. But it did not.”
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