The Austrian Matthias Brändle has broken his collarbone while warming up for the prologue of the Tour de Romandie. The rider of the Pull-Segafredo fell at a speed of about 10 kilometres per hour. He appeared not at the start of the course and also miss the Giro.
Brändle attacked in the streets of the Swiss Fribourg, where the prologue took place. “I am very disappointed that my team, both here and in the Giro can’t help,” says the 28-year-old Austrian. “It was really a stupid fall. I focused on the first bend and noticed a small bump in the road. Although I very slowly drove, I lost my balance and I had no time for my to fix it.”
Brändle, who on may 4, on his fourth Tour of Italy would begin, now is not the colors of Pull-Segafredo be able to defend in the 101e edition of the Giro. “After a long and intensive training period, I waited impatiently the next races. I really think that I was able to get the victory, to tackle this difficult course,” says the time-trial specialist then. The Austrian has eleven victories in his palmares, including five in time trials.
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