Team BMC's Scott Nydam crashed and broke his collarbone in the Tour of Utah' second stage, and his team-mates have been feeling the loss although Nydam is already on his way to recovery after surgery to treat his injuries.
"Scott crashing out will be a big loss for the whole team since he was riding so strongly," said Darren Lill shortly after stage two.
"Around 3:00 pm Friday, I got out of surgery on my collarbone," said Nydam. "Within 24 hours of the crash I have had surgery and am now on the road to recovery."
Luckily for Nydman, it was a clean break and the prognosis is good.
"Dr. [Eric] Heiden took care of me after the crash and drove me back to the hotel," Nydam said. "I immediately had ex-rays, and then sat with Gavin deciding that we should send me straight into surgery."
Going under with a full anaesthetic, Nydam woke up a couple of hours later with a plate in his collarbone. "Everything is going well," he said. "I feel incredibly well supported by the team and am now looking forward to recovering as quickly as possible."
After a couple of weeks recuperating with friends and family, Nydam will be ready to face the rest of the season's challenges.
Nydam's team-mate Darren Lill is sitting in second position in the general classification after stage three's critierum. He is just four seconds behind current leader Blake Caldwell (Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30).