Vincenzo Nibali heads back to Italy for surgery after Olympic road race collarbone break

Italian Vincenzo Nibali was one of several riders to come away from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games road race with injury

Vincenzo Nibali, men's road race, Rio 2016 Olympic Games

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Vincenzo Nibali will undergo surgery in Italy after suffering a double fracture of his collarbone during the men's road race in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday. Nibali was one of several high-profile riders to suffer injuries as a result of crashes during the race.

The Italian star was in the lead group alongside Sergio Henao (Colombia) and Rafal Majka (Poland) when both Henao and Nibali crashed on a corner on the race's final descent of Vista Chinesa, around 10km from the finish.

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