The post-Tour de France criteriums are supposed to give the riders a chance to greet the public, have some fun and earn a little money – not to be injured. But that it just what happened to Team Volksbank's Andreas Dietziker last weekend in Rankweil, Austria. Two riders in front of him collided with one another in a curve, and Dietziker, "totally surprised by the situation," went fully into them and fractured his right little finger.
Surgeons put two screws into the finger and Swiss Dietziker, 25 years old, will be able to train with a special cast on his hand. On Thursday, he will get a specially fitted cast, which will protect his hand from bumps on the road.
"Certain movements could cause the the screws to come out, which is the worse danger next to another crash, and could cause the finger to totally splinter," according to Dietziker.
However, he plans to make his comeback – "if it heals well and the doctors allow me" – at the Tre Valle Varesine on August 19, and definitely plans to be at the start of the Deutschland Tour, August 29 to September 6. (SW)