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Vuelta a Espana

Tondo hopes to race Vuelta despite breaking collarbone

Cervélo's Xavier Tondo hopes to start the Vuelta a España despite breaking his collarbone in the fourth stage at the Tour of Poland.

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Spanish climber Xavier Tondo (Cervélo TestTeam) hopes to be able to start the Vuelta a España later this month despite breaking his collarbone in the fourth stage at the Tour of Poland.

“I knew the final of yesterday’s stage was pretty tricky so I went to the front to be safer and I felt really good,” Tondo said. “I took a drink and I didn’t see the gap in the road. I went down and when I stood up I immediately felt that my collarbone was broken. Fortunately it is a little fracture, and I hope to be fit in time for my next goal, the Vuelta a España.”

Tondo had an excellent spring campaign, winning a stage at Paris-Nice and taking another stage and second overall at the Volta a Catalunya.

Cervélo team officials said Tondo will not require surgery and should be able to resume training quickly.

“Xavier suffered a break of his right collarbone,” said Andreas Goesele, medical officer of Cervélo TestTeam. “We will not perform surgery. He will recover completely without it. This way he can start training again in a reasonably short time.”