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Surgery for Omega Pharma-Quickstep's Maes

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Nikolas Maes

Nikolas Maes (Image credit: Tim de Waele/
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Boonen and Nikolas Maes on the Paterberg

Boonen and Nikolas Maes on the Paterberg (Image credit:
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Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team's Nikolas Maes underwent surgery on his left shoulder following a crash. He had fractured his collarbone while training in Calpe, Spain on Tuesday.

Speaking after the incident, the Belgian said, "It all happened in a fraction of a second. I was pedaling in the group with [Tom] Boonen and [Mark] Cavendish when suddenly my chain jumped the rails, and I ended up on the ground. Right away I could tell something was wrong with my left shoulder."

"Unfortunately this kind of thing happens in our line of work. However, I'm going to try and think positively and I hope to get back in the saddle as soon as possible."

The operation was performed on Wednesday at the Herentals Clinic in Belgium by staff Doctor Claes. Maes will rest for a period as he recovers from the initial trauma and subsequent surgery and before he resumes training.

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