Bettiol Sustains Fractured Clavicle in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Crash22. April 2018, Ans (BEL) — Road Team
Alberto Bettiol has been ruled out of the Giro d’Italia after crashing at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured left clavicle.
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa said Bettiol will likely be out of action for six weeks.
“Alberto Bettiol sustained a displaced fracture of the left clavicle, a left rib fracture, and a bruised lung. He will remain in hospital overnight and tomorrow we will reassess his condition,” Dr. Testa explained.
“Alberto will be discharged in 24-48 hours and then transfer home to Italy. He will have surgery in the next five to seven days to fixate the clavicle fracture. Unfortunately, he will miss the Giro d’Italia and will likely be back on the bike in two to three weeks with an expected return to racing in six weeks. We will continue to monitor his recovery and will have a better understanding of this post-surgery.”
Bettiol is disappointed to miss the Giro d’Italia.
“I’m not feeling so good because of the pain in my left side. I cannot breathe properly because of the fractured left rib and my fractured clavicle is also painful. The team, Valerio Piva and Max Testa, and the hospital have taken really good care of me. It could be better but it could also be worse so I’m focusing on the positives and thankful that all of my injuries will heal,” Bettiol said.
“It was a stupid crash. I didn’t take any risks in the downhill but there was something on the road, maybe some oil or gravel, and my front wheel slipped out. For sure, the Giro d’Italia is out of the question which is really disappointing because as an Italian cyclist, it is the dream. We will see tomorrow morning but I hope to be back as soon as possible.”
BMC Racing Team will continue to provide updates on Bettiol’s recovery. Attachments area