Moldavian rider Alexandr Pliuschin crashed during a training ride in Switzerland on January 14 and fractured his collarbone, as well as suffering a head trauma. The AG2R rider had been scheduled to start racing in the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, but he will be replaced by Cédric Pineau.
Further examinations will show if Pliuschin needs surgery to restore his collarbone. The rider will not be able to return to competition before March, according to his French team. He will therefore not participate in the upcoming AG2R training camp.