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Trek Factory Racing’s Matthew Busche is sidelined with an injury after a crash on January 31 at the Mallorca Challenge’s Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana.
Busche, 29, injured his left hand in a crash, and the diagnosis was a scaphoid fracture of the wrist.
He underwent surgery last Friday in Basel, Switzerland. Doctors administered a screw and bone transplant to address the fracture, and he will be in a cast for six weeks.
“Well this isn’t exactly the start to 2015 that I was hoping for: 2 broken bones in my hand. I’ll be back though!” Busche tweeted after the crash.
Under normal circumstances, he would be unable to train during this time. However, Trek Factory Racing’s doctors will attempt to make a special carbon cast after four weeks to accelerate his return to training in the crucial early season months.
After six weeks, Busche will undergo a CT scan to see if the bone transplant was successful.
The team anticipates a slow return to competition for the former U.S. national champion, and it will work closely with his trainer to decide when he is able to resume normal training. Currently, he is recovering at his home in Spain.
The Saturday race in Mallorca, where Busche broke his hand, was only his second race of 2015. In 2014, he finished fifth overall at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.
Coincidentally, Busche’s teammate, Laurent Didier, also sustained a left hand injury in a crash at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on February 1. After surgery this past Thursday, also in Basel, Didier is recovering and able to ride indoors. His return to competition should be quicker than Busche’s but is still unknown at this time.
“It’s never nice to show up & find your teammate fresh out of his own surgery. @laurent_didier looks 2 be doing well though. We’ll be back!” Busche said on Twitter after seeing Didier at the Basel hospital.