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Bettiol Sustains Fractured Collarbone in Bretagne Classic - Ouest France Crash

26. August 2018, Plouay (FRA) — Road Team

(c) Chris Auld Photography

Alberto Bettiol sustained two fractures of his right collarbone and a fractured fifth digit on the right hand in a crash during the one-day Bretagne Classic - Ouest France race.

BMC Racing Team doctor, Dr. Michel Cerfontaine provided the following update on Bettiol’s condition.

“Alberto Bettiol crashed during Bretagne Classic - Oust France and was immediately taken to hospital for observation. X-Rays revealed a double fracture of the right collarbone and a fractured fifth digit on the right hand. He also has a contusion on his right hip and some superficial abrasions. At this stage, we have not determined if he will undergo surgery. Generally, fractures of this nature require around six weeks to heal but once a decision has been made about a surgical option, we will make a plan for his recovery.”

Bettiol is disappointed to miss the upcoming races, including Gran Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Montreal, that he was targeting.

“The roads were pretty narrow and slippery because it was raining. I was really in front, in the front row, on a downhill right-hand corner, and I lost control of my front wheel. It was more or less the same way I did it in Liège-Bastogne-Liège a couple of months ago. I crashed pretty hard on my right side and I immediately felt that something was wrong with my right collarbone. As well as the fractured collarbone, I have a contusion on my right hip but I’m ok and not in too much pain.”

The team will provide further updates on Bettiol’s recovery as required.

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