Scott Nydam returned to his Santa Rosa, California, home after being released from a four-day stay at the Thomason Hospital in El Paso. Nydam was airlifted to the hospital following a high-speed crash in the final stage of the Tour of the Gila on Sunday. The 33-year-old suffered head injuries and recently underwent surgery to correct a broken collarbone. According to BMC directeur sportif Gavin Chilcott the team is looking forward to his return to the peloton.
"He seems to be doing pretty good," Chilcott said. "Now we are marching forward to see how his other injuries from the crash proceed and how quickly his doctor will give him the green light on activity level."
Medics first drove Nydam to the local Silver City clinic where upon further review he was airlifted to Thomason, a much larger facility. "He was very bruised up, cut up and he hit his head pretty hard and needed the most urgent care," said Chilcott. "He hit his head during the crash and that was the second time he had hit his head. It was decided that they needed to watch the situation more intensively and deal with it at a bigger facility."
Nydam recently returned to the peloton following an accident at the Tour of California in February. According to Chilcott, there is no question the two accidents mark a major setback for the talented cyclist. "He was in the pipeline to compete in some big races at the first part of the season that he missed," Chilcott said. "He did such a great job re-training for this next block of racing that he will miss, too. Two big accidents is hard on anyone."
Nydam was next scheduled for the Tour of Belgium to prepare for the highlighted French event, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré held in June.