INJURY UPDATE: Durbridge and Edmondson out of Classics campaign

Wed 27 Mar 2019

Australian duo Luke Durbridge and Alex Edmondson have been ruled out of the remainder of the cobbled Classics season for Mitchelton-SCOTT by injury. 

Durbridge was involved in a crash and immediately withdrew from Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne today. Scans this evening have confirmed a fracture to the right collarbone and fracture to the left metacarpal bone in his left hand, both requiring surgery.

Edmondson suffered a fall in Italy over two weeks ago at GP Industria and Artianato. The 25-year-old had some residual pain in his elbow from the crash but was able to start Tirreno-Adriatico, playing a key role in the team’s team time trial victory before withdrawing later in the week. 

Despite an attempt to recover in time for a return to the Classics a secondary injury to the elbow sidelined him for today’s race and he has been withdrawn from the upcoming cobbled events, as the nature of the racing will not allow the injury to heal.

The injuries are a blow to the Mitchelton-SCOTT squad in Belgium ahead of a big period of racing, but it will provide a much-welcomed opportunity for our younger riders to gain invaluable experience.

Luke Durbridge:
“I have broken my collarbone and my left finger. I am a bit devastated to be missing the Classics obviously, they’re my favourite races of the year and it’s really upsetting, but this is cycling and it can happen like that sometimes. 

“I will have surgery tomorrow and we will assess from there. I am sad to leave the boys up here in Belgium, but I will be back and we will fight for these races again next year, I’m sure.”

Alex Edmondson:
“Obviously I’m completely guttered to be out of the Classics due to my elbow. I crashed at GP Industria and Artigianato which was a nothing crash, but I landed hard on the inside of my elbow and have been having a lot of issues with the nerves and pain in my arm.

“The Classics were a big goal of mine which makes it even harder to swallow but I have to listen to the medical staff, at the end of the day my health comes first.  

“I won’t be in Belgium for the Classics but now I’ll be sitting on my couch cheering on the Mitchelton-SCOTT boys. It’s time for some rehab and focus on the next goals!” 

Dr David Hulse (Team Doctor):
“Luke was involved in a fall today, in which he also collided with a tree. After being quickly assessed by the race medical team and transferred to the designated hospital, scans have revealed he has sustained a clean fracture to his right collarbone, which will require a plate, and a ‘boxer’ fracture to his left hand. Both will require surgery which will be completed at a hospital, specialising in the treatment of cyclists, tomorrow. 

“The recovery time for Luke will be assessed following further advice from the surgeon tomorrow. The presence of the two separate injuries obviously makes for extra consideration.”

“Alex has ulnar nerve symptoms following an elbow re-injury that causes him discomfort when he grips the bars or levers. The force required to ride on cobbles will intensify this and therefore a decision has been made for him to withdraw.  Alex will see a specialist in the coming days to determine the best course of action for recovery from here.”

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