After flying back home to Britain last night, Bradley Wiggins is due to be operated on Monday on his broken collarbone.

The British star’s operation on his broken left collarbone, which will take place in Manchester, comes less than 24 hours after he crashed out of the Tour de France, where he was lying sixth overall.

If all goes well in such cases cyclists may start riding on the indoor rollers as soon as five days time and in ten days could be riding on normal roads.

However, it may be up to a month before the Sky rider is back to full strength.

Wiggins is understood to have no further injuries apart from the collarbone itself, which is believed to be a clean break.

Sky are remaining guarded about when the British star’s return to racing will be, although the World Time Trial Championships in September remains the final big goal for the 31-year-old Londoner this season.

However, the Tour of Spain has not been ruled out, and the Tour of Britain is another possibility. There is speculation that Wiggins may even ride the Tour of Denmark on August 3-7.

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  • Giles Fairmann

    They will probably use a exogen (bone healing) machine to aid his recovery. Amazing bit of kit – my wife used it when she smashed her collar bone. The top footballers use them to get them back playing after broken toes etc.

  • Brind-Surch

    I would say even though his bone wont be fused, he will have alot more screws in it then your or i would have meaning the its pretty just the screws that are holding it together. The reason most people dont have as many screws is that its bad for your long term health.

    But if your a pro athlete and your body is your job then you need to back racing aaap even if it will have long term issues..

  • Peter Harrison

    Not sure about riding on a normal road within 10 days of a collarbone being plated. Having recently undergone the same operation the bone will only be starting the fusion process within this period and is not fully fused until about 12 weeks. One further fall in the early period of the fusion process could dislodge the screws and result in a bone graft.

    My collarbone is still fusing after being rebuilt 8 weeks ago and my ribs are still not fully fused after 14 weeks. Fortunately the pelvis seems to have fused after 14 weeks but muscle wastage is horrendous!