Rowe set to miss Canada races due to injury

30 Aug 2018

Rowe set to miss Canada races due to injury

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Luke Rowe will be unable to compete at the upcoming Grands Prix Cyclistes in Quebec and Montreal after a scan revealed he sustained a fractured scaphoid.

The Welshman picked up the injury to the bone in his right wrist during the European Championships road race after his hand hit a barrier.
 
Rowe finished 15th on the day and was subsequently also able to complete the Deutschland Tour, yet felt increased pain during the race. After seeing a specialist in Cardiff a scan revealed the fracture, which will require the Team Sky rider to be in plaster for six to eight weeks.
 
“I got the injury back at the Euros going into the last lap. It was just a racing incident really – it wasn’t anyone’s fault,” Rowe told TeamSky.com. “I clipped my right hand on a barrier on a right-hand bend. I got a small cut on my hand, and at the time it was quite sore, but I just got on with it.
 
“I did a Roubaix recon on the Tuesday before Deutschland Tour and then throughout that race, and certainly in the last few days, I was in quite a bit of pain. I was trying to tape the wrist but every time I hit a pothole or speed bump it was getting painful, so that’s when I thought I better get a scan.
 
“All I had left on my race programme was Canada so there’s no chance I’ll be able to race there which is a shame. I’m going to be in a plaster cast for six to eight weeks to give myself the best chance for it to heal.”
Luke Rowe

Luke Rowe

In a situation like this you’ve just got to take the positives.
Despite being forced to end his season early, 2018 has proved to be an incredible year for the 28 year old. After sustaining a broken leg in 2017, Rowe had faced the real possibility of having to sit out the majority of this season. Yet in an incredible show of determination he was back competing by February, in a dream season that not only saw him back in the mix at his beloved Classics, but also helping compatriot Geraint Thomas to Tour de France victory.
 
Rowe added: “It’s been ridiculous really. I’ve had a season which on paper I should never have been able to have. To be able to ride the Tour de France was probably the highlight. To go there and probably be the best I’ve ever been at the Tour was incredible. Even prior to that, to be at the Classics was special. Although I didn’t pull off a result, to be there and be at a decent level was nice.
 
“In a situation like this you’ve just got to take the positives. It’s just a broken wrist as opposed to 12 months ago and wondering whether I’d ever race a bike again. It is what it is. Now I’m back home in Cardiff and my wife is three weeks away from her due date for our baby. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy it.”
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