The 37-year-old, who also sustained facial trauma in the incident, went down at the 145km mark and was attended to immediately by team doctor, Jarrad van Zuydam, after which he was transported to a local hospital in Ancona.
“Bernie had a bad crash and I spent some time with him at the hospital. The RCS (organisers) released a statement saying that he had fractured his wrist but that was premature as the X-rays don’t show any clear fracture. We need to get a CT scan done, which will happen this afternoon (Monday) and will ascertain as to whether he has any significant wrist injury.
“His facial injuries are okay and were sutured very carefully by a plastic surgeon, those will heal well. He’s quite lucky and he’ll be back on the bike as soon as possible,” said van Zuydam.
A heavily-bandaged Eisel returned to the team hotel in good spirits, despite his injuries, and spent time with his teammates at breakfast on Tuesday.
”I’m not great at the moment; I’ve got a few stitches in my nose, lips and my face. It was a massive crash – it seems like my nose is broken – and I have quite a lot of pain in my right wrist. I’m actually happy that I got out of it like this, it doesn’t look great at the moment and my face has seen better days but to be honest I’m super happy to have got out alive,” he said.
“I also want to clarify that I touched a team car, from another team. It was absolutely not the driver’s fault, it was my fault, so there’s no speculation (in that regard). I pretty much rode into him and went down from there. He couldn’t do anything but after the crash he supported me as much as he could.
“(For) Now we will see, it all depends on the injury as to when I can come back. Yesterday I reflected a lot on Michele Scarponi; my dad passed away two weeks ago and Michele passed away a year ago in a road accident and I think we have to be aware to say it’s not always the fault of car drivers. I made a big mistake yesterday and I nearly paid for it. To drivers please be careful as we share the roads, but that plea also goes to the riders to ensure that we respect each other.”
Mark Renshaw was also forced to abandon the race during stage five and will be monitored by our medical staff.
“Mark had a bit of a rough day yesterday; he’s been suffering with chronic sinusitis and has an appointment soon with a specialist to try and offer a long-term solution. With his symptoms yesterday he was really quite tired and couldn’t handle the difficulty of the stage but he’s okay and he’ll be receiving treatment very soon,” said van Zuydam.
Meanwhile Mark Cavendish continues to make a good recovery following his crash in the opening stage of Tirreno—Adriatico. He’s managed to resume training after fracturing a rib and sustaining lacerations to his face. A decision on his return to racing will be made in due course.