Michael Barry (Team Sky) hopes to recover from a broken rib suffered Wednesday at the Eneco Tour in time to race a pair of ProTour races on home roads in Canada next month.
Barry, racing again following his Tour de France debut in July, got caught up in a crash 33km from the finish in Wednesday’s stage at the Eneco Tour. He was able to finish the stage, but post-race X-rays at a local hospital confirmed a broken rib.
Barry was not able to start Thursday’s second stage.
“I was disappointed that I was unable to start this morning but the pain and injury are too severe to keep going,” Barry said on Team Sky’s web page. “My fitness is quite good at the moment and I was very keen to race but as I also fractured a rib during the Tour de France it makes more sense to let my body heal properly rather than push through the pain and risk further injury.”
Barry will now focus on being ready for the ProTour races in Quebec and Montreal on September 10 and 12, respectively, where he’ll be riding in front of his home fans.
“I will need a few weeks to recover fully and hopefully I will be able to maintain some fitness for the ProTour races in Canada,” he concluded.