Wilco Kelderman retires from Tirreno-Adriatico with a broken collarbone
Mar 11 2018 08:05 pm CET

Wilco Kelderman retires from Tirreno-Adriatico with a broken collarbone
Wilco Kelderman retires from Tirreno-Adriatico with a broken collarbone
Photo of Wilco Kelderman © Team Sunweb

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) has been forced to withdraw from Tirreno-Adriatico by a crash that caused a broken collarbone.

Luck has not been with the Dutch team as this is its fourth withdrawal in the race after Doren Kragh Andersen, Simon Geschke and Tom Dumoulin. "This is very disappointing after such a good start of the season up until today," said Kelderman. "I was feeling very strong here and had a good position in the overall, but crashed twice today and fractured my collarbone.

"Similar to last year I will miss the upcoming racing period yet again, which is sad, but hope surgery goes well so that I can be back on the bike soon."

X-rays were taken after the rider crashed out of the race and they confirmed the fracture. "Wilco has fractured his right collarbone from the crash which will require surgery," explained Team Sunweb's doctor Chris Jansen.

"Because there was an older fracture with a plate already in place, the injury becomes more complex, so the exact plan from here will be made by an orthopedist. Wilco will now return home to the Netherlands where he will undergo surgery."

The team will have three riders to finish the race. "The bad luck for the team has come all at once; first with Søren falling sick, then Simon's broken collarbone and Tom's abandon yesterday," commented coach Marc Reef. "Now Wilco also leaves the race with a fractured collarbone.

"The crash happened on the local lap on the descent, despite feeling good beforehand and some solid support from the team. Our focus now turns to the ITT where we hope to have a better day with Chad, Nikias and Lennard all being able to deliver a decent time trial."




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