Doctors have successfully removed a metal plate and six screws from Frank Schleck’s collarbone in the last step of recovery from his crash in last year’s Tour de France.
The elder Schleck brother underwent minor surgery Thursday to remove the hardware that was helping to heal his collarbone from his crash during stage 3 of last year’s Tour. Schleck said he won’t miss much training.
“I left camp on Wednesday evening, though I was able to get a training ride in during the morning and early afternoon. Then with the late night arrival home, I barely had a full night’s sleep before I went into surgery early Thursday morning. But now I have a few days to recover, and will be on my bike again by Sunday,” Schleck said in a team release. “The plate and six screws were removed. I am still in a bit of pain, but that is normal since it is really quite a big effort to get in there to take out all the hardware. By Sunday I should be fine and fully riding a normal routine on Monday.”
Schleck is set to debut his 2011 season at the Ruta del Sol in Spain in February.