Greg Daniel originially broke his collarbone at the Tour of Utah

When Trek-Segafredo‘s Greg Daniel was taken to hospital after a crash on stage two of the Three Days of De Panne, he might have expected to learn that he’d broken his collarbone, but not that it had been broken for the last eight months.

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Writing on Instagram, Daniel said that hospital scans had shown that the collarbone that he had originally broken in the Tour of Utah in August had never healed, and was only held together by a titanium plate.

Just a short update, first European race for me has had a few bumps. Crashed today and went to the hospital, revealing a collarbone that has been broken for almost 8 months. Thankfully it's held together by a titanium plate that is still stable, so recovery time should be just a few days! I will need surgery to heal the collarbone completely which I will do if all goes well around the end of June. Will keep you all updated but for now I am heading back to Girona to get ready for the next few races 💪 Picture by Fabienne Vanheste

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Seeing as he has made it this far, the American champion will continue to race with the broken collarbone, eventually having surgery in June to repair the injury completely.

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Daniel was a new signing for Trek-Segafredo at the start of the 2017 season. After having ridden the Vuelta a San Juan in January, the 22-year-old was riding in his first senior race in Europe when he crashed in De Panne.