By Gregor Brown
Dutch cyclist Wilco Kelderman broke his right collarbone while training on Sunday and underwent surgery to recover quickly for the 2015 season.
"[Kelderman] broke his right collarbone," his Belkin team wrote on Twitter. "The medical staff operated him yesterday, expected recovery is three weeks. Get well soon!"
The 23-year-old Dutchman joins Australian Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) on the recovery trail. Gerrans also broke his collarbone, his left one, mountain biking on Sunday and underwent surgery on Monday.
Kelderman rode Belkin's green colours to seventh overall in the Giro d'Italia, fourth in the Critérium du Dauphiné and 14th in the Vuelta a España stage races in 2014. He renewed his contract with Belkin in August for two years, through 2015 and 2016.
The Dutch WorldTour team changes its name from Belkin to Lotto NL-Jumbo for 2015. Instead of green, the cyclists will race in yellow. Kelderman is expected to help lead the team in the Tour de France with Robert Gesink and Laurens Ten Dam. After already having raced the Giro and Vuelta, it will be his first time to participate in France's Grand Tour.
With his fracture, he might not be able to race until late February. He could debut with Lotto NL in Portugal's Volta ao Algarve or wait until March to return at the Paris-Nice stage race.
His schedule is expected to include the Volta a Catalunya, the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France.
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