Justin Spinelli (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast) was one of the riders caught up in a dramatic crash 500 meters from the line in the Philadelphia International Championship. While others were able to get back up and roll across the line, Spinelli stayed on the tarmac until medical support could carry him away. It was later confirmed that he had suffered a broken collarbone.
Spinelli, who will have surgery to install a plate in his collarbone, is the third rider on the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast squad to suffer a broken bone in the 2007 season. Seasoned sprinter Dave McCook has been recuperating from a broken hand sustained at Visalia in mid-March, and Reid Mumford broke his tibial plateau the following month in April.
"We ride to win always and unfortunately sometimes that means trouble," said team director Jonas Carney. "But our athletes come first and we make sure everyone takes the time to look after themselves properly. Dave McCook is back from his hand injury with a great fitness level and Reid returns in July for Superweek. We're hoping Justin's surgery goes well and expect him to make a full and speedy recovery."
Meanwhile the team prepares to race on thier 'home turf' in Minnesota next week at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.