Gaviria to return to Colombia after successful surgery
Quick-Step Floors' rider – victorious in four races this season – will miss the Spring Classics.
Injured on the penultimate day of Tirreno-Adriatico, when a crash spelled the end of his tilt at a third career stage victory in the "Race of the Two Seas", Fernando Gaviria underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon at the AZ Herentals Hospital to repair the spiral fracture he sustained at the metacarpal 1 on his left hand.
The 23-year-old, who will return to his native Colombia after the intervention, will have to wear a cast and observe a week's rest before getting back on the bike and resuming training. If the recovery goes well, Fernando should return to competition in one month. This means that Gaviria, who was slated to start both Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix this spring, will prematurely end his classics campaign, which he kick-started in February, at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
An update on Fernando Gaviria's new racing schedule will be made in the following weeks.
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