Team Sky rider Philip Deignan suffers fractured right collarbone in training
Last Updated: 17/02/14 5:51pm
Philip Deignan is now on the recovery trail after making his Team Sky debut at the Tour Down Under
Team Sky rider Philip Deignan has been forced to withdraw from the Ruta del Sol (February 19-23) after suffering a fractured collarbone.
The accident occurred while Deignan was finalising his preparations for the Spanish race near his base in Monaco, and the 30 year old has now returned to Ireland to undergo a period of rehabilitation.
The injury is Deignan's second collarbone fracture in the space of five months, having damaged his left side during last season's Tour of Britain.
The climbing specialist is disappointed not to be making his second Team Sky start on Wednesday but it expecting to make a speedy recovery.
He told TeamSky.com: "The medical team have taken a good look at it and we've decided not to have surgery, so I'm back home in Donegal now getting ready to go again.
"My collarbone's a lot more mobile than the last time this happened so I'm hoping I'll be back on the bike sooner rather than later.
"It's frustrating more than anything else when something like this happens. I was happy with the way things went at the Tour Down Under and I was looking to continue building my form at the Ruta del Sol.
"It's not the end of the world though, it could have been a lot worse, so I'm trying to look at it in a positive way."