Castroviejo out of Pais Vasco after major crash

10 Apr 2019

Castroviejo out of Pais Vasco after major crash

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Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas were all involved in a nasty crash in the closing stages on day three at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, with Castroviejo suffering a fractured right clavicle.

Kwiatkowski and Thomas were able to remount and finish after the high speed crash, which took down a large swathe of the peloton.

Unfortunately Castroviejo was unable to continue and Team Sky Doctor Iñigo Sarriegui confirmed the Spaniard was taken straight to hospital.

He said: "Jonathan is having a scan to check that there is no major injury but I suspect he has fractured his right clavicle. The scan will show if there are any other associated injuries. We will know more after that."
Update

Following the scan, Dr Sarriegui outlined the extent of Castroviejo's injuries.

“Jonathan has a fracture of his right clavicle, as suspected. We will get a surgical opinion on that and the likelihood is he will need an operation.

“He's got a few smaller fractures too, although it's unlikely they will need any intervention. One of his ribs is fractured, he has a very small fracture on his left wrist, and he has a stable fracture of parts of his vertebrea. He should go home today, after staying in overnight for observation.”
Sport Director Gabriel Rasch talked through the crash, which has ended the GC hopes of both Thomas and Kwiatkowski.

He said: "There was a big fight for position as there was a narrow section with 5km to go and this happened with 7km to go. The guys were all together and ready to move into position and then this crash happened just in front of them.

"Castro is in the hospital. He was bleeding a little from his face and had pain in his shoulder.

"There were a lot of guys crashing so they all had bikes and people all over them. Thankfully G and Kwiato are fine. They both finished on their bikes.

"The GC is obviously over because it was so close to the finish. There was no chance they could make it back to the group."
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

I’m OK after the crash, especially considering the speed we were going. I'm obviously a bit sore but it could have been a lot worse.
Tour de France champion Thomas added his relief that it wasn’t worse.

He said: “I’m OK after the crash, especially considering the speed we were going. I'm obviously a bit sore but it could have been a lot worse.

"I landed on the same spot as when I fractured my pelvis during the Tour back in 2013 but it's nowhere near as painful. I'll be back out there tomorrow.

"We're just all sending Castro our best wishes."

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