BMC Racing's Kohler out of at least six weeks
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

BMC Racing's Kohler out of at least six weeks

by VeloNation Press at 9:11 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Giro d'Italia, Injury
 
Doctors discover more than a broken collarbone

BMC Racing's Martin Kohler had a successful operation on his collarbone earlier this week at home in Switzerland.  He crashed during stage two of the Giro d'Italia and was forced to abandon the race.

“After waking up, I was in extreme pain. The bones were screwed with plates,” he said of the all too common procedure.

Unfortunately for Kohler, the doctors also discovered that his wrist was broken in the crash.  Normally a rider can come back quickly from a broken collarbone, but he will now need to keep his wrist immobilized for six weeks.

“That was a big shock for me," he admitted.  "Now the hand has to be immobilized with a splint for six weeks. At most, I’ll be able to train on the stationary bike.”

The Swiss rider said he was not sure if would recover in time to race again this season, so there was gave no time-frame for his return to competition.  He will hope there are no complications with his wrist so he can return to the peloton soon.

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