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Unlucky Trip North for Andrea Pasqualon

Paris Camembert: Area Zero D’Amico rides well but Andrea Pasqualon crashes out.

There was a great deal of anticipation and enthusiasm among the Area Zero D’Amico riders as they raced on the roads of northern Europe for the first time, first in the GP Pino Cerami in Belgium and then at Paris-Camembert in France. The trip, however, proved unlucky. The team raced very well, but a crash in Paris Camembert took out Andrea Pasqualon, who suffered a fracture of the right radius.


“After about 50 km of racing, riders started picking up bottles from the team cars. We were in a nervous phase of the race, and the road narrowed. A rider in front of me dropped a full bottle and I wasn’t able to avoid it,” explained Pasqualon. “I ended up on the ground and hit my right arm hard on the edge of the curb. I knew right away that something was broken. The ambulance took me to the hospital in L’Aigle, where the X-rays showed a fracture of the radius.”


Pasqualon returned to Italy last night with his arm in a cast, and the team’s medical staff decided that he should undergo an operation at the hospital in Belluno tomorrow, April 17. After the operation, the rehabilitation methods and timing of his return to training and racing will be evaluated.

“It’s a shame about Pasqualon’s crash. We certainly didn’t need that,” said sports director Massimo Codol. “Andrea had just returned to racing and his form was improving. We hope he can recover and return to the peloton quickly. With regard to the races, I can say that we rode well, especially at Paris-Camembert. We were present in the first break attempt with Gianluca Leonardi. Then Fabio Chinello got into the five-man break of the day, which animated the race and was caught 35 km from the finish. In the finale Paolo Ciavatta rode very well too, staying with the lead group and finishing in 12th place.”


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