Andalusian climber from Movistar Team sustains displaced left collarbone fracture after incident around 130km into stage seven. Spaniard leaves race after big protagonism with teamwork into Thursday's mountain-top finish
Movistar Team will have to cover the remaining two weeks of racing in the 2016 Giro d'Italia with only eight riders after one of their key mountain domestiques, Javi Moreno, was foreced to pull out after a crash on stage seven Friday. The Andalusian fell around 80km from Foligno's finish and was immediately assisted by the race's official medical service and the team's first team car, driven by sports director Chente García Acosta.
After Moreno was moved to the site of arrival by ambulance with a neck brace on, subsequent radiological checkups at the Giro's mobile clinic confirmed a displaced left collarbone fracture, while ruling out more serious injuries. Moreno went back to the team hotel with his Movistar team-mates and will travel back to Spain in the upcoming hours. More details on his collarbone surgery will be confirmed after he gets back home.
Javi is leaving a 'Corsa Rosa' where he had already performed prominently yesterday during the final ascent of Roccaraso on stage six. His seven team-mates will give their best to keep Alejandro Valverde at the front, the man from Murcia going through today's racing with no troubles -Greipel (LTS) prevailed into the day's sprint- and looking forward to improve his 6th spot overall in Saturday's Alpe di Poti (Cat-2) climb en route to Arezzo (186km).