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Tschopp gets hip operation

Swiss pro rider Johann Tschopp underwent surgery last Friday, October 13. One year after fracturing the head of one of his femurs, he had three screws removed. "The operation lasted a bit longer than planned, but everything went well according to the doctors," said Tschopp, who will leave the hospital on Monday.

Over the course of four weeks the 24 year-old will have to use crutches, and have lots of time to think back on his season. Tschopp, who was riding with the Phonak team in 2006, scored six Top 10 finishes. "The thing I was missing out on was a win," he added.

Next season, Tschopp will be riding at the Tour de France as part of the Bouyges Télécom team. "The goal will also be to make a good showing at the Tour de Romandie as well as claiming the victory that I failed to get this season," he said.

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