Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) is set for another spell on the sidelines after crashing out on stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya. The Sunweb rider hit the deck as his team were chasing the day's early break, and medical checks later revealed that Kelderman has broken his left collarbone and suffered a neck vertebrae fracture.
Last spring Kelderman broke his right collarbone in a fall during Tirreno-Adriatico. He returned to racing later in the year but another fall in the Dutch national championships dislodged the plate in his shoulder and he was forced to skip the Tour de France as a result. He returned once more and finished tenth overall in the Vuelta a España.
This season Kelderman has been consistent, if not spectacular, GC force for Sunweb. He finished fifth in the inaugural UAE Tour in February and then followed that with 14th in Paris-Nice, with third on the final stage. He had been in the hunt for a podium place until he slipped down the GC on stage 7.
Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens announced in a press release that Kelderman is likely to face surgery in the coming days. He was down to ride the Giro d'Italia in May and support team leader Tom Dumoulin, but those plans look far from certain.
"An X-ray has revealed Wilco has broken his left collarbone and suffered a neck vertebrae fracture in the fall," Boelens said. "Our first impression is that the fracture is stable. He will most likely need surgery for the collarbone when returning back to the Netherlands. Once we've completed more checks, we will be able to give an update on the estimated recovery time in the coming days."