Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) underwent successful surgery near his home in Monaco after the rider’s knee became infected following his retirement from the Tour de France.
The three-time world champion fell in stage 3 and left the race before stage 12 towards NÃ®mes. His knee was injured after being hit by a plateau in the crash.
“First of all, I would like to thank the management of Bora-Hansgrohe, the doctors on the team, and in particular our chief medical officer, Christopher Edler, for their support and advice since my crash on stage 3” Sagan said in a statement released by his team on Monday’s second day of rest at the Tour de France.
âSecondly, I am very grateful for all the recovery messages I have received from my teammates, friends and fans around the world. They are greatly appreciated. At stage 3, the plateau hit my knee and entered my skin. above the kneecap, leaving a deep wound.
âWe cleaned the wound as much as possible to avoid infection from the dirt from the chain oil. However, after a few days, inflammation developed in the bursa above the kneecap, and, unfortunately, I had to give up the Tour.
âIn addition, I would like to thank the doctors and medical staff at the IM2S clinic in Monaco for having performed an excellent surgery in such a short timeframe and for their excellent cooperation with the medical staff on the team. I already feel a lot better and everything is going well so far. “
Sagan entered the Tour de France in search of a thirteenth stage win and eight green jerseys, but he was never able to achieve any more of those ambitions after his crash involving Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in from step 3. The pair collided with the finish line in sight. and while Sagan was able to complete the stage, Ewan was forced to lean into an ambulance.
Sagan would finish fifth the next day in FougÃ¨res and recover another top five on the 6th stage in ChÃ¢teauroux, but after an eighth place on the 10th stage in Valence, it was clear that the rider from Bora-hansgrohe was below his best after his stage victory and his points classification at the Giro d’Italia in May.
The 31-year-old was expected to simply need time on the sidelines to recover for the second half of the season, but the team’s medical chief Christopher Edler has explained why an action was necessary and surgery has become a necessity.
âWe did everything we could on site at the Tour, but even antibiotic treatment could not prevent infection,â said Edler.
âThe only option was to stop running and surgically remove the bursa. Fortunately, it was only a superficial infection, and the knee joint was not involved at all. ‘went well and I think Peter will be able to start training with the light again in a few days. “