Bewley’s season on hold after lingering Tour de France injury and surgery

NICE FRANCE AUGUST 29 Sam Bewley of New Zealand and Team Mitchelton Scott Remi Cavagna of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Crash during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 1 a 156km stage from Nice Moyen Pays to Nice TDF2020 LeTour on August 29 2020 in Nice France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Sam Bewley (Team BikeExchange) has postponed his 2021 season due to longstanding injuries related to his Tour de France crash from last autumn. The New Zealander fractured his left wrist on stage 10 of the Tour and retired from the race. Lingering pain from the accident lasted until December, with the 33-year-old forced to go under the knife. Speaking at the Team BikeExchange training camp in Spain, and still sporting a cast on his left arm, Bewley told Cyclingnews that the surgery and recovery would mean that his 2021 racing debut would move to March. He remains hopeful of making the team for the Giro d’Italia.

“I had surgery on it at the start of December and I’m still waiting for it to come right. It was a basic and simple fracture and we didn’t operate on it then because it wasn’t required but in the end it just didn’t set right so they had to reconstruct it,” Bewley told Cyclingnews.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.