MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (VN) — Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), one of the top favorites for the upcoming Ardennes classics, is questionable following a crash in Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.
Rodríguez, 33, hit the deck with about 45km to go. The Spanish puncheur was bouncing around gingerly with pain and managed to remount his bike only to pull off moments later.
Rodríguez, nicknamed “Purito,” won Flèche Wallonne last year and was aiming for a strong ride in Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
He went to a local hospital with heavy bruising and a hematoma, but exams confirmed there were no broken bones.
Team officials said Sunday evening that Rodríguez is unsure about starting this week’s Belgian classics.
“Rodriguez today was subjected to medical examinations in Maastricht,” read a Katusha press release. “The scan showed a strong contusion at the left femoral biceps muscle. During the next days the team’s doctors will decide the recovery time of ‘Purito,’ in order to understand if he’s going to take part to the other Ardennes classics.”
The world No. 1, who is preparing for a run at the yellow jersey in this year’s Tour de France, was 15th in last year’s Liège.