Tony Martin will undergo surgery on the hand he broke in last year's Tour de France. Since he will have to wear a cast for three months, the operation has been planned for after the end of the Tour of Beijing the end of October.
The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider fractured his left hand in the first stage of the 2012 Tour de France, but continued riding through the ninth stage. He finished second in the London Olympics time trial and won the world title in that discipline in Valkenburg.
“A piece of bone will be taken from his pelvis and set into his injured hand between the thumb and wrist,” team doctor Helge Reipenhof told the dpa press agency.
He will then have to put up with “stabilising measures for the hand for about 12 weeks.”
An operation was discussed and dismissed last year. But now it is necessary, Riepenhof said, so that the 28-year-old German “doesn't have arthritis in the hand in ten years.”