After crashing out of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya on the fifth stage, Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman sustained a broken left collarbone and a neck vertebrae fracture. On Tuesday, April 2nd he underwent successful surgery on his collarbone and will undergo further checks at Utrecht University Hospital next week.
Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens explained: “The healing of Wilco’s collarbone is going in the right direction after Tuesday’s surgery where they placed a plate on his collarbone. We now have to await how fast Wilco’s vertebrae fracture heals. On Monday he will have further checks with specialists at the hospital in Utrecht (UMCU). If the outcome is positive, then he will need to wear a cast for at least another five weeks, which rules him unfortunately out of Giro d’Italia participation. Further predictions will depend on how the recovery goes, for now he needs to take it easy and focus on his recovery.”
Wilco said: “I’m pleased the collarbone surgery went well but my neck is more difficult. I have to wear a neck brace for five more weeks which is and will be a big challenge. I’m of course really disappointed that I will miss a big part of my season again but for now I have to take it one step at a time. Hopefully I can be back racing later this year but I don’t want to look too far forward at the moment.”
Team Sunweb are currently working on a replacer for the Giro d’Italia and will announce alongside their line-up in the coming weeks.