By Agence France Presse
Haimar Zubeldia’s Tour de France campaign is under threat after the Spaniard suffered a fracture in a crash on Monday at the Dauphine Criterium.
Zubeldia dropped out of the race after the crash, and the team said the 33-year-old Spanish climbing specialist had a
plate fitted to a fractured radius bone on his right forearm during a minor operation at a local hospital.
Zubeldia’s participation in the Tour de France is only “compromised,” the team said.
The team refused to rule him out altogether but said they could not put a date when Zubeldia could return to training.
“Zubeldia, one of Team RadioShack’s key riders for the Grand Tours can continue training, thanks to the medical intervention, but right now it is not possible to determine when he will be able to resume competition,” a team statement read.
The Spaniard has finished in the Tour’s top ten on three occasions — his best placing being fifth twice, in 2003 and 2007 — and raced the Tour for Astana last year.
Two other RadioShack riders, Belgian Ben Hermans and Spaniard Markel Irizar, also crashed on Monday but suffered mainly bruising.