By VeloNews Interactive
Reigning world downhill champion Nicolas Vouilloz will be forced to skip the upcoming World Cup events in Mont Ste Anne, Quebec, and Telluride, Colorado after undergoing surgery for hand injuries sustained earlier this month.
Vouilloz injured himself during a practice run in Maribor, Slovenia, during the World Cup event in that former Yugoslav republic on the weekend of June 8.
Vouilloz Racing team manager Stéphane Gerard confirmed that the 26-year-old French downhiller had undergone surgery for torn ligaments and tendons on the small finger on his hand last week.
“This happened during a crash during practice in Maribor, and was (aggravated) by another finger dislocation while training the week after Maribor,” Gerard told VeloNews. “Nico is out for the next 6 weeks. However he will be ready for world’s”
The world championships are scheduled for August 28 to September 1 in Kaprun, Austria.