No surgery for Veneberg

Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank), who crashed in Tirreno-Adriatico after a dog crossed the parcours, will be spared surgery on his collar bone. Fortunately, the fracture has been diagnosed to heal well. "I have been told to rest now," said the Dutchman as he was released from hospital in Amerfoort on Sunday. March 19. "I saw pictures of the collar bone and it didn't look too good. But the doctors told me that it would grow together again naturally, so that's what I'm counting on."

Meanwhile, another collarbone fracture has been reported from France: Kevin De Weerdt (Quick.Step) fell in Cholet-Pays de Loire on Sunday, and incurred the typical cyclists' injury. "Six riders went down, and Kevin crashed over Wouter Weylandt," said team assistant Dirk Nachtergaele. "Then he fell again at 700 metres from the finish line.

" De Weerdt hopes that he will be able to participate in the Vuelta a Pais Vasco again from April 3-8, but nothing is certain yet as the rider has to be examined in Belgium today.

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