Fractured Collarbone and Iliac Bone Halt Schär’s Season
X-rays following stage one of Paris-Nice confirmed that Michael Schär suffered a non-displaced right collarbone and right iliac bone fracture in a crash 20km from the finish in Bois d’Arcy.
BMC Racing Team Doctor, Dr. Giovanni Ruffini said the serious nature of Schär’s injuries will require a minimum of four weeks off the bike.
“Michael Schär fractured his right collarbone and right iliac bone when he hit the ground hard on his right side. Fortunately, the fractures are non-displaced so no surgery is required at this stage. His injuries will take more time to heal without surgery but given he has fractured two parts of his body the recovery period is longer in any case,” Dr Ruffini explained.
“Michael will need between four and six weeks off the bike, after which he can train on the rollers and slowly return to a normal training load. We will continue to monitor Michael’s recovery progress and with any luck he will be able to return sooner than expected.”
Schär is disappointed to miss his favorite races of the season.
“We were in the second group with Richie Porte trying to chase the front group back. After the cobbled section I was behind Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and he went into the gutter once, which was dirt, and then a second time, and then he went down right in front of me. I went down and immediately felt my collarbone and then I tried to stand up and I couldn’t stand on my feet so I thought that something wasn’t right with my hip,” Schär said.
“It’s very painful, especially the hip, and above all I’m just really disappointed to start the race like this and put my season on hold again.”
BMC Racing Team will continue to provide updates on Schär’s progress.