Armstrong may ride in Giro d’Italia

The news regarding Lance Armstrong’s broken right collarbone became worse after Armstrong visited a doctor in Austin...

Written by New York Times | Published:March 26, 2009 11:39 pm

The news regarding Lance Armstrong’s broken right collarbone became worse after Armstrong visited a doctor in Austin,Texas,for more X-rays and evaluations. The fracture is more serious than first thought,with the bone in “quite a few more pieces” than initial X-rays showed,Armstrong said on Tuesday in a teleconference.

Armstrong,the seven-time Tour de France winner,will have surgery on Wednesday to insert a metal plate to help stabilise the bone. Still,he said his plans to race in the Giro d’Italia — which runs from May 9 to 31 — were “very doable” and that he would be excited to compete there,even if he entered the race underprepared.

“Honestly,it seems to me if the surgery goes well and everything comes together and the plate fits nicely,I don’t think it complicates things in the future more than the initial opinion did,” he said.

Douglas Elenz,an orthopedic surgeon in Austin,will perform the surgery on Armstrong’s collarbone,which was broken in a crash on Monday during a race in Spain. Armstrong said he would have to rest 72 hours after the outpatient surgery.

‘Plenty of time’

Armstrong’s team manager,Johan Bruyneel,said that Armstrong would still be ready to race in,and possibly win,the Tour de France in July.

“It is absolutely not a problem for the Tour; this is not a disaster,” Bruyneel said from Spain. “A broken collarbone in the month of March does not affect your performance for the Tour in July.”

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