By Susan Westemeyer
Adam Hansen may have trouble getting through the airport metal detectors in the future. "It's amazing, I couldn't believe you could put so much metal inside someone!" he said after surgery on his broken fingers.
In an e-mail to Cyclingnews (typed one-handed), the T-Mobile rider said that the breaks of his right little and ring fingers were quite complicated and were "a huge jigsaw puzzle for the doctors here in Freiburg to put back together" -- with, apparently, lots of pins and plates.
He will be off the bike for four weeks, which doesn't bother him particularly as he was due for a break anyway. His next race will be the Tour of Austria in July.
The Australian crashed in stage two and is sorry to have had to drop out of the Giro d'Italia, his first Grand Tour, but not for his own sake. "The only bad thing at the moment was to see Pinotti fight so hard today to defend his jersey in the Giro. I have only wanted to be the best domestic and I would have loved to ride in front and to have helped him defend it. That would have been a great honour for me."