Nairo Quintana's season all but over after being ruled out for six to eight weeks
Last Updated: 05/09/14 11:42am
Nairo Quintana’s season is all but over after being ruled out for six to eight weeks with the fractured shoulder blade he sustained in Wednesday’s crash at the Vuelta a Espana.
The Movistar rider was forced to abandon the race after falling in a pile-up in the peloton around 20km into stage 11.
He underwent surgery on Thursday and although the procedure went well, he will not be fit again in time for key end-of-season races, in particular the UCI Road World Championships at the end of September.
Orthopaedic surgeon Jesus Alfaro said: “The fracture extends like the tail of a mouse to the scapula. We fixed it with two screws.
“The normal process would be keeping his right arm in a sling for two to three weeks. Then he would be able to move it. After that, he could be getting on his bike fast, in two to four weeks, and after six to eight weeks, he could start competing.”
Quintana’s race-ending accident on stage 11 was his second fall in 24 hours, following a spectacular crash on stage ten’s time trial.
The Colombian had been the pre-race favourite for victory at the Vuelta and had led the race after nine stages.
Movistar team doctor Alfredo Zuniga said: “It's a big blow for all of us. The team had planned this Vuelta thoroughly - we relied on him, we knew he was going to be up front.
“It's just bad luck, and something we unfortunately come across in cycling very often. The important thing is finding a quick solution to this, keeping Nairo calm and recovering him with help by the doctors.”
The UCI Road World Championships take place from September 21-28, with the UCI WorldTour season ending at the Tour of Beijing on October 14.