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Surgery for McGee

Brad McGee (Team CSC) receives some medical attention

Brad McGee (Team CSC) receives some medical attention (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

CSC's Bradley McGee has decided to undergo surgery to repair the collarbone which he broke during a fall in the Giro d'Italia's third stage. McGee, who faced a possible month-long absence from competition if he did not undergo surgery, consulted with doctors in Monaco and ultimately decided to have surgery to install a plate on the fractured clavicle. With his eye on racing the team pursuit in Beijing, McGee knows he must get back to training as soon as possible.

"I've been to the hospital today to get the results of my x-rays and stuff and we've decided that I should have an operation done on Monday to have a plate inserted in my shoulder," McGee explained. "I'm happy about that because I've broken my collarbone before and if you just let it heal on its own you get problems with it later on so it's better to have the plate inserted. It prevents future problems and I'll be able to come back a lot quicker." The Australian already has a plate in his other clavicle.

"I can't stand up too long at the moment because it's uncomfortable because of the pain, but after the operation I think I'll be back on the home trainer Wednesday next week. I've got this special apparatus, which takes the weight off my shoulders on the home trainer so I'm able to lean forward. I've used this machine before so I know the drill," McGee concluded.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.