By Monika Prell
Karpin Galicia rider Santos González's participation in the Vuelta a España is seriously in doubt after the cyclist suffered an injury while training according to Todociclismo. González has a one centimeter long and three millimeter deep cut in one of his quadriceps.
This is bad news for his team; González is the squad's best rider available for Sport Director Álvaro Pino's to select to race in the Vuelta a España. In fact, González was a potential leader for the team given his prospects for the overall classification. In the past, he's finished fourth and eleventh in the Vuelta.
Pino is optimistic about the participation of González. "If he was a football player, for example, the injury could mean definitively that he would not be able to participate, but in a sport like cycling, from time to time, the muscle could grow back together, even if in use. That is the hope we have at the moment."
Karpin Galicia has already selected seven cyclists for the Vuelta: Ezequiel Mosquera, David García, Gustavo César Veloso, Gustavo Domínguez, Carlos Castaño, David Ferreiro and Eduard Vorganov. The eighth rider should be Santos González. The ninth spot will be decided between Ramón Troncoso and Serafín Martínez, but if González won't be able to ride, both will get their chance to compete in the Vuelta.