Medical Update: Vliegen Suffers Fractured Scaphoid, Illness Strikes Bevin and Gerrans15. March 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team’s rosters for Milan-San Remo and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya have been reshuffled due to injuries and illness that have sidelined multiple riders.
Illness has ruled Simon Gerrans out of Milan-San Remo and instead, Francisco Ventoso will not line up at Handzame Classic in order to replace Gerrans at the first Monument of the year.
Loïc Vliegen and Patrick Bevin will miss Volta Ciclista a Catalunya due to a fractured scaphoid and upper respiratory infection respectively, and will be replaced by Tom Bohli and Miles Scotson.
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa provided the following updates.
Dr. Max Testa: “Patrick Bevin woke up with a fever and has developed an upper respiratory infection. Given Patrick will need three to four days off the bike to recover, he will not be able to line up at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. After a few days off, Patrick can start building up his training and return to a normal training load. His racing program should not be affected.”
Dr. Max Testa: “Simon Gerrans developed a respiratory infection at Paris-Nice which triggered his asthma. We hoped he would be able to recover in time for Milan-San Remo but over the past two days, his condition has worsened. Given the poor weather and the length of the race, it is in Simon’s best interests to not line up on Saturday. Fortunately, Simon will be able to resume training in a few days and his illness won’t affect his race program.”
Dr. Max Testa: “Loïc Vliegen sustained a broken left scaphoid in an accident with a vehicle after Danilith Nokere Koerse. He underwent X-rays in Belgium which showed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid in his left hand. In order to speed up Loïc’s recovery, he will undergo surgery on Monday to stabilize the fracture. If all goes to plan, Loïc should be able to start on the rollers seven to ten days after the surgery and from there build up his fitness and return to the road. He will most likely need at least four weeks off before he returns to racing but we will continue to monitor his recovery post-surgery and adjust his race program accordingly.”
Loïc Vliegen: “It is really disappointing to be out of competition because my form was good and the Ardennes were a big goal for me. It was just bad luck as I was riding back to the team bus after anti-doping control after the finish of Danilith Nokere Koerse. The bus was quite far away and the traffic was bad as it always is after a race finishes. Suddenly a car pulled out to turn left and I hit the front left wheel of the car and went flying over it. I had pain in my shoulder and my wrist but I didn’t think there were any major problems. After a few hours at the team hotel, my wrist started to hurt so I went to the hospital and we found out that the scaphoid was fractured. I hope I can come back as soon as possible and get in shape for my next goals.”
Due to the change in rosters, BMC Racing Team will no longer line up at GP Denain on Sunday.