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Greipel's surgery successful

André Greipel had a good Tour Down Under until he crashed out of it

André Greipel had a good Tour Down Under until he crashed out of it (Image credit: Mark Gunter)

By Susan Westemeyer

André Greipel didn't just dislocate his shoulder, he tore a tendon and chipped a bone when he crashed into a motorcycle in the third stage of the Tour Down Under last week.

The Team Columbia sprinter underwent surgery on Monday in Hamburg, Germany. The tendon was repaired, a piece of bone was reattached and other damage repaired.

"I have already dislocated this shoulder 15 times," Greipel told Cyclingnews. "Three years ago I had an operation on it and everything was fine until now."

The 26-year-old expects to leave the hospital Thursday and will start rehabilitation after a short break. Greipel was not sure when he could start training again.

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