Samuel Sanchez’s collarbone injury not as serious as feared
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Samuel Sanchez’s collarbone injury not as serious as feared

by Shane Stokes at 10:31 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Injury
Boost for Euskaltel rider as Worlds participation could still be on the cards

Samuel SanchezFollowing this morning’s crash in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Samuel Sanchez has got a silver lining to the cloud of another injury; fears that he may have fractured his collarbone after already fracturing his hand during the Tour de France appear to be unfounded.

Sanchez hit the deck one kilometre into today’s morning stage and was taken to hospital. Tests there have revealed that he sprained his acromioclavicular joint of his clavicle, but that there is no obvious sign of a fracture.

A further scan will be carried out to rule out any small crack.

Rather than his season being over, the Spaniard has now been told to take a week’s rest. Providing there are no more complications, he should be able to ramp things up after that.

Sanchez’s Tour injury took him out of the French race and also meant that he was forced to miss the defence of his Olympic title. He returned to racing at the recent Clasica San Sebastian determined to try to turn his season around, and will be greatly relieved that he still has a chance to get in shape for the worlds.

If he can follow his original schedule, he will resume racing on September 9th in the Tour of Britain, then ride the world road race championships, the Giro del Piemonte, Il Lombardia, the Tour of Beijing and the newest WorldTour event, the Tour de Hangzhou.


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