Costa Rican Andrey Amador will miss next month’s Giro d’Italia after cracking his left collarbone in Thursday’s first stage at the Vuelta a Asturias in northern Spain.
Three Movistar riders crashed and Amador ended up the worse off of the lot. He will travel to his Spanish home base in Pamplona for an operation tomorrow on his fractured clavicle.
“We were pulling at the front and a curve to the left caught us by surprise. I think there was some oil on the road and three of us hit the deck. I couldn’t control the bike and fell hard on my shoulder. I quickly realized when I moved my arm there was a sharp pain. I’ve broken my collarbone twice before, so I knew the sensation,” Amador said in a team release. “It’s a shame to miss the Giro. I was having the best sensations I’ve had since turning pro and I believe I could have tried to have won a stage there.”
Amador – who made headlines in January when he was attacked by muggers and left for dead in a ravine in his native Costa Rica – is the third Movistar rider to be sidelined with injuries ahead of the season’s first major tour.
Rubén Plaza is still recovering from his horrific crash at the Vuelta a Murcia in March that left him with a broken leg while Ángel Madrazo broke his clavicle a week ago.