Sad news for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s classics captain Edvald Boasson Hagen. The Norwegian sustained a distal fracture of his right clavicle in a crash at the Moeren part of today’s Gent-Wevelgem. He will miss out on the upcoming monuments such as the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
“In a weather affected and dangerous race Edvald was involved in a crash”, states team doctor Dr Jarrad van Zuydam. “He made impact with a pole on the side of the road and has sustained a fracture of the outside portion of his right clavicle.”
The fracture will heal well without surgery but Edvald will be unable to race for at least four weeks. The timing of this injury is very unfortunate for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and the Norwegian who showed a good form in recent weeks and was looking forward to the upcoming classics.
“Paris-Roubaix was obviously one of the main goals of Edvald’s spring campaign”, adds the team’s Performance Manager Jens Zemke. “He was coming into shape and was very focussed on performing well in the upcoming cobbled monuments.”
Edvald will be sidelined for the moment but is motivated to return stronger than ever.