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Karsten Kroon finished ninth at Amstel Gold Race earlier this month. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Karsten Kroon finished ninth at Amstel Gold Race earlier this month. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Karsten Kroon Surgery Scheduled For Monday

25. April 2010

Santa Rosa / Maastricht

Karsten Kroon will undergo surgery Monday morning to repair facial injuries the BMC Racing Team rider sustained during a crash Wednesday at Fléche Wallonne.

Cheekbone And Nose Displaced

Kroon fractured his nose and cheekbone – as well as a bone beneath his right eye – when he was involved in a high-speed pile-up with 70 kilometers to go in the race. The 90-minute operation will take place at a hospital in Tongeren, Belgium. “The biggest problem is that my cheekbone is pushed in about a centimeter and my nose is displaced. So they have to put it back in position.” Titanium plates will be inserted into his face to make the necessary repairs.

Two Weeks Rest Required
Kroon said he expects to be off the bike at least two weeks. Once he is able to resume training, he hopes to be racing again within two or three weeks. “To be honest, the injury been pretty painful,” the 12th-year Dutch professional said. “ I am constantly taking painkillers to make it bearable.” Kroon has worn the King of the Mountains jersey in all three Grand Tours: Tour de France (2005), Giro d’Italia (2000) and Vuelta a España (2001). He finished ninth at the Amstel Gold Race last Sunday.