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Laiseka rests after operation

Roberto Laiseka (Euskaltel)

Roberto Laiseka (Euskaltel) (Image credit: AFP)

Roberto Laiseka (Euskaltel-Euskadi) underwent an operation yesterday to remove bone remnants remaining in his body from his crash five months ago in the Giro d'Italia.

The 37-year-old Basque rider crashed on the final stretch of the technical Cinque Terra Stage 12 from Livorno to Sestri Levante in this year's Giro. Involved in a crash with Serguei Gonchar (T-Mobile) in the final kilometers, Laiseka suffered a fracture in his right kneecap.

The operation in Vitoria was the second such operation. Laiseka had a similar operation on May 23, immediately after returning from Italy. According to todociclismo.com, doctors Mikel Sánchez and Juan Azofra attended to Laiseka, who will remain in the hospital for 24 hours. After 10 days, once the stitches have been removed, the Basque should be able to resume training.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.