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Marco Pinotti had the fifth-fastest time at the second intermediate time check. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Marco Pinotti had the fifth-fastest time at the second intermediate time check. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Pinotti Shoulder Injury Won't Require Surgery

21. settembre 2012

Marco Pinotti will not undergo surgery on his fractured collarbone as first thought, BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa announced Friday.

Conservative Treatment Planned
Pinotti broke his left collarbone Wednesday when he crashed during the individual time trial at the world championships in Valkenburg, The Netherlands. The winner of the final time trial at the Giro d'Italia underwent additional examination Thursday at a sports medicine clinic in Herentals, Belgium. "New X-rays and a consultation support the option of conservative treatment of the injury," Dr. Testa said. "Marco will rest and then have a new assessment in two to three weeks." Pinotti said: "I take this as good news because surgery is always something you don't want to go through unless it's absolutely necessary."

Focus On Rehabilitation
Before his crash, Pinotti had clocked the fifth-fastest time at the second intermediate check of the 45.7-kilometer race. "I was on track to medal, so the crash left me speechless and extremely upset," he said. "I can only blame myself for this mistake. I was finalizing a month's work of the entire staff and team, which, like me, deserved this accomplishment. Now two days have passed and the disappointment has been replaced by re-focus on the healing process instead of regrets or negative thoughts." Pinotti said before the injury, he had planned to race Lombardia and the Tour of China and participate in the Chrono des Nations time trial.