Gerts Suffers Fractured Collarbone at Vuelta a Burgos3. August 2016, Burgos (ESP) — Road Team
Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos saw the peloton tackle a 10.7km Team Time Trial, where BMC Racing Team crossed the line with the fifth-fastest time.
As the second-to-last team to hit the course, BMC Racing Team was chasing the provisional best time set by Astana Pro Team, and eventually came home in 13’19”, 9 seconds behind Astana Pro Team’s 13’10” which was enough to take the win.
Earlier in the day, Floris Gerts crashed during the recon of the Team Time Trial course which forced him out of the race with a fractured collarbone, meaning BMC Racing Team were down to seven riders for the time trial.
An update on Gerts’ condition is provided below.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“The guys did their best out there today. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy course with some really fast and technical sections. I think there were some moments where we probably could have attacked with a bit more speed, but we were also a bit cautious following Floris Gerts’ crash this morning. Gerts’ crash could have been a lot worse and luckily he was the only rider to go down as it could have wiped the whole team out. So I think we were more cautious on the corners and lost a bit of speed there. It wasn’t ideal having one rider less but the guys got on with the race and tried their hardest. We have three more stages to go and we’re definitely looking for good results, so we’ll take it stage by stage and see what we can do.”
Medical Update on Floris Gerts:
Following his crash during the Team Time Trial warm up Floris Gerts was taken to hospital in Burgos for observation. BMC Racing Team Doctor, Dr. Giovanni Ruffini provided the following update.
“Floris suffered a dislocated fracture of his left collarbone which will require surgery to secure the fracture. He will travel to Belgium tomorrow where he will undergo surgery as soon as possible. Providing all goes well he should be able to train on the rollers after one week, and be back at a racing level in three weeks’ time. We will have a clearer idea after his surgery, following which we can make any necessary adjustments to his recovery plan,” Dr. Ruffini said.
Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 2: Burgos > Burgos (10.72km)
Top 3: 1. Astana Pro Team, 2. Movistar Team, 3. Etixx-QuickStep, 5. BMC Racing Team