Canadian David Veilleux broke his collarbone at the end of a two-week training camp with his Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling team. The accident happened in San Antonio, Texas, when Veilleux removed one hand from his handle bar to put his sunglasses in the back pocket and rode over a pothole.
Veilleux underwent surgery immediately after the incident and hopes to be back on the bike by the Tour of the Battenkill in New York, April 18-19. He will, however miss the Redlands Classic, March 23-26. "It's always disappointing when one of our athletes suffers an injury, but these things happen and I know that David will make a quick recovery," said Jonas Carney, the team's performance director.
"He's a tough kid – that's why we call him Le Carcajou. In English it means wolverine. He may look cute and fuzzy, but wolverines are aggressive and tenacious animals. When David returns to racing he'll be more dangerous than ever."
Veilleux's injury comes shortly after the team's first race (and win) at the Lago Vista road race in San Antonio, Texas. "We're coming right off a great few weeks of training and a nice first win in our first outing of the season," said Carney. "The rest of our guys are racing at the top of their game and we're more than ready for Redlands."