John Degenkolb will travel to Hamburg from Spain in the coming days to undergo further treatment on the arm and hand injuries he suffered in a training camp collision with a car.
Double Monument winner Degenkolb was one of six riders involved in the head-on collision with the car, reportedly driven by a British tourist on the wrong side of the road, on Saturday.
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The German reportedly had surgery to partially reattach one of his fingers and also went under the knife to mend his broken forearm. In a press release on Sunday evening, Giant-Alpecin medics could not put a timeframe on his recovery.
“After yesterday’s successful surgery on a cut in his upper leg, John had operations on his hand and fractured forearm this morning, which were successful,” said team doctor Anko Boelens.
“He will travel to Germany in the next few days for further treatment to his arm and hand. Then he will also start his recovery process. His immediate focus will be on recovery, which will take time, but it’s difficult to make an estimation at this point.”
American rider Chad Haga also remains in hospital awaiting surgery to his eye socket but the other riders, Ramon Sinkeldam, Warren Barguil, Fredrik Ludvigsson and Max Walscheid, have all been discharged.
Barguil’s agent Sebastian Michon told French media that the car did not have time to brake before it collided with the cyclists, who were riding two abreast in the road near Calpe.
“He was shocked, it would be less. The car arrived in front, she did not even have time to brake, the shock was violent,” he said.
Degenkolb’s agent Jorg Werner, meanwhile, told German media outlet SID that the rider was “lucky to be alive” after the incident.