The young Spaniard will miss the late-season calendar after a fracture in his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament, hours before travelling to Canada
Ángel Madrazo has said goodbye to the remainder of the season as a consequence of fractures in the internal meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, produced few hours before starting the trip that would have led him to Canada in order to compete with his team-mates in the UCI events GP Québec and GP Montréal. Bad fortune keeps accompanying the Movistar Team rider, who got injured in a domestic accident. “I was about to leave my house and train with my team-mate Iriarte and I turned back to take a bottle I had left on the table, then my knee cracked and I fell,” explains Madrazo, who looked resigned towards his bad luck: “Things happen this way and you have to accept it. The training tests I was going through these weeks said I was strong, and I felt excited about the two races in Canada, the Italian classics and the Tour of Beijing, but… I just hope bad luck ends someday.”
Checks undergone at the Clínica Mompía yesterday, whose results were revealed today, confirmed a double fracture in his right knee -still pending on likely surgery- that puts and end into his fourth season as pro. The 24-year-old Madrazo went through several setbacks for the last two years, such as the collarbone fracture he had last year weeks after the crash forcing him to abandon the Vuelta al País Vasco. Also, a virus made him leave his maiden Vuelta a España, just four days from Madrid, and a serious crash in the opening day of the Route du Sud this year and another incident in the decisive stages of the Tre Valli Varesine jeopardized his best result of the season, the Spaniard having made the six-man group fighting for 2nd place in Italy.