Jérôme taken to hospital with infection
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jérôme taken to hospital with infection

by VeloNation Press at 1:21 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
Bbox Bouygues Telecom rider Vincent Jérôme has been rushed to the hospital to treat a staph infection, reports hbvl.be, and will miss several weeks of training as a result.

The infection is a result of a series of crashes that started when the team was working on their time trial positions in Bordeaux earlier in the year. While at the track Jerome fell hard on his hip when riding at 10kph. Since hip swells are common from track falls, the team didn't think much of the injury initially.

The following evening when he arrived at the start of the Tour of the Mediterranean his hip had taken a turn for the worse. The additional swelling forced the rider to miss the start of the race and required the fluid to be drained. Doctors kept the Frenchman of the bike for two weeks so his hip would have time to heal.

Jérôme came back strong for the Spring Classics, although still favoring that side, but two crashes in the same weekend caused more swelling forcing his hip to be drained yet again.

Later in the season at the Vuelta a Espana the 25-year-old again had bad luck, this time in rainy weather conditions. A crash in Spain on the injured side required medical treatment after his hip doubled in size. This time doctors decided to operate. Things seemed to be going well for the Frenchman until it was discovered that he had a staph infection for which he is now being treated.

The team hopes Jérôme will be able to resume training by the end of December.

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