Bartoli Bashed Up – His Comments
– Translated by Daimeon Shanks from Datasport.it –
Bartoli reacts to his misfortune: “I will return in the last of the season”. The warrior observes: “Seeing the fall, it could’ve done me worse”
Returning home on a private plane Michele Bartoli, the 32 year old Tuscan cyclist from Fassa Bortolo has been forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia at the finish of the first stage because of a compound fracture of the left
iliac crest, broken in a disastrous fall during the finale. Bartoli has tried to downplay his situation. “Seeing the fall, it could’ve have hurt me very badly” explained Bartoli “nevertheless it’s a serious enough misfortune. I will have to stay completely immobile for 4 or 5 days then I
will be able to train again after 6 weeks. I could return to racing at the end of the season if they aren’t any stumbling blocks”.
On the actual accident, “Il Guerriero”, who this year has claimed victory in the Tour of the Med and the Amstel Gold Race, said: “There was a fall in front of me and I couldn’t avoid it because the streets were narrow.
Unfortunately, these are the things that I understand about racing. When I tried to get up I immediately knew that I had broken something, it was confirmed and I was taken to hospital. Then I returned home on a private plane, on a stretcher, a very strange way to return home. Patience..”
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