Sebastien Rosseler underwent surgery today on is left wrist following a crash in the Volta ao Algarve last Friday. The 27-year-old Quick Step rider had been in the leading break on stage three with three other riders, but hit the deck on a fast downhill stretch and was swiftly taken to hospital. The operation was performed by team doctor, Toon Claes at the Herentals Clinic.
Rosseler has been instructed to take three weeks off, after which he'll wear a sling with which he can start some low intensity training. He won't be back to racing for at least 6 weeks. "I'm very upset," said a recovering Rosseler. "I had great form and this accident will keep me out of all the April classics, the races I love the most." Last year Rosseler missed the Classics because of an injured shin. "I'd prepared so well for this season with a lot of training over the winter. I've got the habit of messing things up but I will do all that I can to come back as soon as possible.