World time trial champion Tony Martin has undergone a successful surgery to repair a “non-union” of his left scaphoid fracture suffered in a stage 1 crash at the 2012 Tour de France, his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team announced on Monday.
The German three-time world champion was treated at BG Hospital in Hamburg, Germany, and fitted with a cast that will allow him to resume training before the end of the six-week recover period.
“The decision was made to perform this surgery during the 2013 off-season to avoid any potential further damage in the future,” the team said in a press release. “Martin was always assisted by team medical staff, and the surgery went very well. Martin will now wear a special, bike-specific cast for the next six weeks. The special cast allows Martin to resume training earlier than the six weeks it must be worn, and he will be ready for the next season.”