Credit Agricole's Patrice Halgand has broken his collar bone following a crash during training outside Adelaide, ruling him out of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under before turning a pedal in anger. The 31 year-old has suffered a broken right collarbone and dislocated his right AC joint and will undergo surgery on Friday to repair the damage.
Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under Medical Director, Dr Peter Barnes, said of the accident, "It's quite a nasty injury actually. The end of his collar bone has actually broken off and the bone is sticking up so we need to go in and repair that damage and the dislocation." Halgand will remain in Sportsmed South Australia at Stepney for observation and pain management.
The crash occurred when Halgand clipped the end of a branch lying on the side of the road, flying up into the forks and locking up his front wheel, resulting in him flying over the handlebars and landing heavily on his right shoulder. Halgand was due to start Australia's premier road stage race with his Credit Agricole squad on January 17, and as yet a decision hasn't been made whether he'll stay in Adelaide - it's possible team management may choose to keep him in South Australia to receive further treatment and resume training.
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