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Greipel has shoulder operation

By Susan Westemeyer

Another T-Mobile pro has gone under the knife; sprinter Andre Greipel had a shoulder operation Monday. "We removed a bone splinter and did other repairs," said team doctor Dr. Carsten Temme to of the surgery at the Praxisklinik 2000 in Freiburg. Greipel was doing well after the "not so easy but successful" operation.

The injury resulted from a dislocated shoulder, and Greipel had already had an operation on the shoulder a year ago. "There is a lot of scar tissue, and old sutures had to be pulled," Temme noted.

Greipel is expected to be released from the clinic on Wednesday and will undergo two days of therapy before returning to his home in Cologne, Germany. Temme said that if all goes as expected, Greipel can start training on the rollers again in three weeks, and ought to be back riding on the road again in six weeks.

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