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Ferrara closes season with Lombardia crash

Raffaele Ferrara at the 2006 World Championships

Raffaele Ferrara at the 2006 World Championships (Image credit: Sirotti)

The 2007 season has ended for Raffaele Ferrara with a crash in the Giro di Lombardia. The Italian of Team LPR had three fingers of his left hand seriously injured, with suspected tendon damage.

The 31 year-old, seventh year professional from Napoli spent the remainder of his Saturday in the hospital, where he received five stitches on every finger. He was sent home and will not ride at all for the next ten days. Medics will evaluate the situation of the tendon and eventually decide if surgery is needed.

"It was an ordinary crash, one that you see in every race," explained Ferrara, who makes his home in Castelfranco Veneto. "However, after I was on the ground I felt a strong pain in my hand, without quite knowing what happened. Probably my hand ended in the middle of a wheel or the chain.

"I am upset that I have to end my season in such a way. Anyhow, I am already pointing towards the next year – for me it will be an important year."