Vincenzo Nibali to soon return to training after surgery for fractured vertebra

The Italian suffered the injury after crashing due to fan interference on Alpe d'Huez on stage 12 of the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali ahead of stage seven of the 2018 Tour de France (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Vincenzo Nibali should return to training in a few days after having successful surgery on a fractured vertebra which he suffered after a crash on stage 12 of the Tour de France.

The Italian was forced to abandon the race after a video appeared to show a roadside spectator's camera strap catching his handle bars and sending him sprawling to the ground with just 3.8km to go on the finish to Alpe d'Huez. Nibali had initially said that a slowing police motorbike in front of him had been the cause of the crash.

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