Thor Hushovd — the defending Tour de France green jersey champion who broke his collarbone during a training ride in Italy on Sunday — underwent a successful operation Monday.
Cervélo TestTeam officials are not putting a date on when the Norwegian sprinter can return to competition, but Hushovd is expected to be able to race the Tour in July.
“The surgery went pretty well. It was more complicated than actually expected,” said the 32-year-old Hushovd. “I had a good day after the operation but yesterday I had a little bit more pain. Yesterday I flew home, and I’m happy to be back home now in Monaco, to start the recovery process and spend some time with my family.”
Team officials said Hushovd will “take it day by day and will not race until he is fully recovered.”
“It will take time for Thor to fully recover. It was a difficult fracture but he had a good surgery at the CrossKlinik in Basel (SUI),” said Andreas Goesele, Cervélo’s team doctor. “I am very pleased that he could have the operation here, where we have perfect surroundings and the best staff. The recovery phase will start today already, with some indoor training at Thor’s home in Monaco.”