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Garmin-Slipstream team officials say it’s too soon to say how Christian Vande Velde’s crash at the Giro on Monday will affect his training and the rest of his race season.
Meanwhile, Vande Velde says the pain has gone from “excruciating” to “manageable.”
Team doctor Prentice Steffen said Vande Velde broke one rib and received a severe bruise and sprain on his back, as well as a hairline fracture to his pelvic bone.
“We need to continue to run tests, so it is still too soon to speculate on the extent of his injuries or how they will affect racing and training,” Prentice said.
Vande Velde is recovering at his European home in Spain. “I’m taking it day by day,” he said. “The first couple of days were excruciating but the pain is getting more manageable. I’m going to keep working with the team’s medical staff and let them determine when I can get back on the bike. I can’t thank everyone enough for all of the concern and support.”
Team director Matt White, still with the team at the Giro, said the team “will continue to race each day with Christian in mind.”
“Christian is incredibly strong and a seasoned pro, so we know he will pull through this. As a team, we just want him to take the time to heal properly. That is what’s most important,” White said.