Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sánchez crashes and quits Charentes

Samuel Sánchez crashed in the beginning of today's third stage of the Tour de Poitou-Charentes and was forced to abandon, reports the team's website.

The 34-year-old was taken down early on and took a hit to his right collarbone. The first check-ups at a local hospital showed no fracture, but it seems the acromioclavicular joint, the ligaments that join the acromion to the collarbone, is sprained. It's thought to be a second-degree sprain, which should mean some of his ligaments are torn. I'm no doctor, but I'm quite sure that's what a second-degree sprain mean.

A more thorough check-up will be done once the Euskaltel captain returns home, and he'll be forced to take a week's rest.

At the moment it's unclear when Samu, who had been targetting the Worlds and the late-season Classics after an injury-enforced DNF in the Tour de France, will return to the road.



arnout said...

What a mediocre season it is apart from Pays Vasco and the Giro stage.

Although it is not Samu's fault of course.

Kristof said...

Too bad, so much bad luck this year Samu. Many crashes, while he in the past almost never crashed. Hope he soon gets better and ride a good WC.

Magnus said...

Unusual from him: crash Dauphiné, crash Tour, crash Charentes.

Stephen said...

Crashes erode your confidence, its a vicious circle


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