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Zwizanski out of Amgen Tour of California due to injury

By:
Kirsten Frattini
Published:
May 09, 2011, 4:23 BST,
Updated:
May 09, 2011, 5:24 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, May 9, 2011
Race:
Amgen Tour of California
Scott Zwizanski rides with team veteran Andrew Pinfold.

Scott Zwizanski rides with team veteran Andrew Pinfold.

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Scott Zwizanski (UnitedHealthcare) suffered a severe hand laceration along with broken bones two weeks ago and will not participate in his targeted Amgen Tour of California scheduled to from May 15-22. The time trial specialist was on form to put forth a strong performance at the event’s stage six 24kms time trial held in Solvang.

“It really sucks not to be able to race at the Tour of California, it’s a real big bummer,” Zwizanski told Cyclingnews. “Crashes happen and this isn’t that bad, things can always be worse when you have a serious crash.
It is a bummer, but it’s also a long season and there will be other races to do and hopefully I will just make up for it.”

The team recently announced its roster to be lead by Rory Sutherland and will include Charly Wegelius, Robert Förster, Chris Jones, Christian Meier, Karl Menzies, Andrew Pinfold and Brad White.

Zwizanski crashed during his final preparations at the Vuelta Asturias Julio Alvarez Mendo held from April 28 to May 2 in Spain. He went down during the first stage on a descent and cut his hand between the third and fourth metacarpal along with two broken bones in the same hand.

“I overcooked a corner on a descent and crashed,” Zwizanski said. “I some how jacked my hand against a stone wall and originally thought it was just a separated little finger. But, when I got back it turns out I broke a bone in my hand, a piece of bone on my knuckle was broken off and I had to get two pins in it. I also had to have eight stitches between my two fingers where the webbing tore.”

Zwizanski was informed by his doctors of a six-week recovery period and he will potential miss the USA Cycling Pro Time Trial Championships held in May in Greenville, South Carolina.

“I will have to do all indoor and trainer training,” Zwizanski said. “As for the USPro time trial championships, I’m not ruling it out yet and I’m not ruling it in either, we will see. The focus is just to get the hand better as quick as possible and I will be able to do lots of trainer time. We will have to play it by ear when I get back as to what races I can do.”

Zwizanski opened the season with a third place in the time trial at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, his teams first podium appearance as a new Professional Continental UCI team. He went on to place a strong seventh in the time trial at the Giro del Trentino held in Italy last month.

He is a proven time trial contender amongst his American peers after placing third in the USA Cycling Pro Time Trial Championships in 2009. He also won the overall title at the Tour de Beauce.

 

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