Elisa Balsamo heads into surgery for Vuelta a Burgos Féminas crash injuries

Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek) getting ready for the start of Scheldeprijs earlier this season
Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek) getting ready for the start of Scheldeprijs earlier this season (Image credit: Getty Images)

For a second season running Elisa Balsamo is heading into surgery in May, rather than fine-tuning her form ahead of key season goals. Lidl-Trek said in a medical update that the rider is in hospital awaiting operations on her nose and hand on Tuesday as a result of her high speed crash on the opening stage of La Vuelta a Burgos Féminas.

The rider – who is not only a crucial card for Lidl-Trek but also her nation as the Olympic Games draw near – was knocked off her path as the first sprint finish in the Spanish Women's WorldTour race built pace on Thursday and was sent straight into the barriers in the unavoidable crash. The 26 year old was immediately taken to hospital, where it was revealed she was suffering a concussion, a fracture to her nasal bone and second metacarpal.

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Simone Giuliani
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Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.