Van Garderen Aims To Come Back Stronger29. August 2015, Santa Rosa, California — Road Team
Tejay van Garderen said he is fortunate he was not more seriously hurt during a crash Saturday that knocked him out of the Vuelta a España on Stage 8.
Van Garderen broke his right shoulder and suffered other injuries which will prevent him from helping the BMC Racing Team defend its world team time trial championship in Richmond, Virginia, next month.
"I am really disappointed because I think I was prepared to do well in this Vuelta – and above all for my worlds preparation," he said. "But I am also thinking it could be worst. So now my thinking is to recover well and come back mentally stronger."
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said van Garderen fractured the head of his right humerus when he was involved in a large crash with about 50 kilometers to go in Saturday's race. Van Garderen also has a contusion on the right side of his chest and he bruised his right lung, Testa said.
"He did not break a rib, but in the impact, he had a high speed blow to his lung," Testa said. "The hospital will keep him overnight and Sunday morning, they will re-check if everything is good. As soon as he is able to travel, he will come back to the United States where we can make a plan for his recovery."
Van Garderen is the second BMC Racing Team rider to succumb to injury at the Vuelta. Marcus Burghardt was unable to start Monday's stage after crashing and hurting his left knee and face on Sunday's Stage 2.
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