Samuel Sanchez suffers superficial injuries
Apr 08 2017 12:00 am CET

Samuel Sanchez suffers superficial injuries

Samuel Sanchez has suffered extensive superficial injuries but no fractures at the end of the fifth stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

The BMC rider crashed in the last kilometers of the day's stage and crossed the finish line with a broken skin suit and visible scratches and pain.

"He has extensive abrasions all over the body including his hands. He has a contusion on one of his knees but luckily he didn’t sustain a head concussion in the fall," explains the Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa.

"The X-rays at this point are all negative so we don’t think there are any broken bones. But, Samuel had a laceration of one of the extensor tendons of his fourth digit on the left hand. They are currently treating that surgically to re-attach the tendon and luckily it was a partial lesion."

It is still unknown if the rider will be able to start in Saturday's stage of the Spanish race. "The plan is to take Samuel back to the hotel tonight and re-evaluate his condition on Saturday morning before the final stage. Given the degree of his injuries it is very unlikely that he will start but we will make that call then."
Photo of Samuel Sanchez (cropped) © Tim De Waele/



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