Bad news for Michele Gazzoli. The young transalpine rider of the Kometa Cycling Team assesses his passing through the operating room as a result of a fracture in his left collarbone that occurred after a fall on the finishing straight of the second stage of the Tour of Antalya.
Gazzo underwent new medical tests on transalpine soil on Monday, confirming the injury. Although it initially seemed that the rider had suffered a displacement of the plate with six screws in the area, memory of an old fall suffered two seasons ago, a closer examination confirmed the existence of a fracture.
At first the option of not going through the operating room had been considered, but in the afternoon of this Tuesday Dr. Flavio Terragnoli and the rider began to weigh the surgical intervention, an option that will shorten recovery times and on which they will decide this Wednesday.
It still remains to be determined how long the Brescia rider will stay away from the competition. “I don’t know yet, but I hope it will be the minimum”, explains the European junior champion in 2017, who will turn 20 next March 4.
“It’s a real pity for the rider and the team. Gazzoli had been doing very well in the last few races and was gaining confidence in his possibilities”, laments Jesús Hernández, director of the Kometa Cycling Team, who recently landed in Madrid after the Turkish race.
Gazzoli, in his second season in the professional pack, had signed a sixth place in the final stage of the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana and a fifth position in the opening day of the Turkish race.
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