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McEwen's surgery successful

After a crash during stage two of the Tour of Belgium on Thursday, Robbie McEwen (Team Katusha) underwent a successful surgery to repair the major damage, a fracture of his tibial plateau [the top surface of the tibia bone that is part of the lower portion of the knee joint - ed.].

Doctors fixed his fracture with two screws and reported afterward that the alignment had gone well and there was no joint damage. McEwen began moving his knee, with the help of a special machine, on Friday. He's expected to recover enough to return to his bike in three to four weeks.

McEwen's crash, two kilometers before the end of the stage, brought an end to his Tour de France aspirations for this season.