Michael Matthews out of Strade Bianche selection due to a shoulder fracture
Feb 28 2018 03:19 pm CET

Michael Matthews out of Strade Bianche selection due to a shoulder fracture
Michael Matthews out of Strade Bianche selection due to a shoulder fracture
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Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) has suffered a small fracture to his shoulder which will keep him out of Strade Bianche.

The Australian was set to start in the Italian race but further tests on his shoulder have revealed a small fracture in his left shoulder. The rider suffered a crash in the last kilometres of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad that caused the injury that could also leave him sidelined for Tirreno-Adriatico.

"The diagnosis from the MRI scan is a non-displaced fracture of the greater tuberosity of the left upper arm," said Sunweb Physician Anko Boelens. "Because the fragment is not displaced, surgery, in this case, is not required. Michael will need to take some rest and afterwards undergo physiotherapy before restarting training on the rollers.

"Much is dependent on improvement over the next days, but at the moment we can certainly say that Strade Bianche on Saturday is not possible. The healing process and Michael’s pain levels will determine when he can return to the bike. After the weekend we will re-evaluate for his upcoming races and see if Tirreno is realistic."

Lennard Hofstede will take Matthews' place at Strade Bianche.




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