Alex Dowsett out of the Giro d'Italia after undergoing collarbone surgery

Alex Dowsett goes under the knife to remove the metal plate in his collarbone which had begun to show through the skin

Alex Dowsett in action during the Stage 7 time trial of the 2016 Tirreno-Adriatico (Credit: Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Alex Dowsett will not start the Giro d'Italia next Friday after undergoing surgery to remove the plate and screws on his collarbone.

The Movistar rider was released from hospital on Friday after minor surgery, necessary because the metal plate had started showing through the skin.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.