Tanja Erath set for spinal surgery next week

Tanja Erath and Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank ahead of stage 1 at The Women's Tour
Tanja Erath and Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank ahead of stage 1 at The Women's Tour (Image credit: SW Pics)

Tanja Erath (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) has safely made it back to Cologne, Germany where she is expected to have spinal surgery early next week. The German rider crashed heavily on stage 1 of The Women’s Tour and was taken to hospital in Banbury before being transported to a larger hospital in central Oxford. It’s understood that although Erath’s season is obviously over, she will only need a matter of weeks to recover.

Scans and medical checks at the time of the crash showed that the German rider had suffered multiple injuries, including, a broken rib, broken collarbone that needs surgery, two broken vertebrae, one unstable ... (a 3 column fracture of [fifth thoracic vertebra] and 1 column fracture of [T-6]) and possibly a broken finger.

Early this week, it was unclear whether Erath would be operated on in the United Kingdom or Germany but on Friday her team confirmed that Erath has been driven back to Germany. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.