Trixi Worrack’s future in professional cycling was put in doubt after having one of her kidneys removed following a crash at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on March 20.
The German Canyon-SRAM rider was taken to hospital in Cittiglio after the crash, before being moved to Varese to undergo surgery on her left kidney, which had to be completely removed.
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“My left kidney was torn in three places and had to be completely removed,” Worrack told Radsport. “I’m still not in a good way. I have a lot of pain.”
Worrack, 34, revealed that she does not know when she’ll be able to get back on her bike, with the severity of the injuries suffered.
“This is not a typical cyclist injury like a broken collarbone, after which you can calculate roughly when you’ll be sitting back on the bike,” she said. “At this moment I do not yet know how it will go.”
Worrack was one of the pre-eminent stage racers in the women’s peloton last year, winning the Tour of California and claiming a series of top 10s throughout the season. She started her 2016 season in fine form, winning the Tour of Qatar by 17 seconds.