Szymon Sajnok sustained multiple fractures in a crash on stage four of the Santos Tour Down Under which will sideline the Polish rider for the coming weeks.
X-Rays performed at the Calvary Wakefield Hospital in Adelaide revealed two fractures in the right wrist, a fractured right radius, and a small lower lumbar fracture (L5), CCC Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa explained.
“Szymon Sajnok crashed on stage four of the Santos Tour Down Under. His condition was monitored on Friday night and as he was experiencing more pain in his right wrist on Saturday morning, he was unable to line up on stage five. Szymon was taken to the Calvary Wakefield Hospital in Adelaide where X-Rays confirmed two fractures in the right wrist, a fractured right radius, and a small lower lumbar fracture (L5),” Dr Testa said.
“Szymon will return to Poland on Sunday evening to commence his recovery and after some further scans, we will determine whether surgery is required however, at this stage, it is unlikely. Szymon will wear a cast on his right hand and arm to stabilize the wrist fractures but he should be able to start riding on the home trainer in the next few days. We will continue to monitor Szymon’s recovery and make an assessment regarding his return to racing as soon as possible.”
Sajnok is disappointed to cut his Australian racing block short.
“It’s obviously disappointing to crash out of the Tour Down Under as I was feeling better with every stage. I am hoping to bounce back quickly and resume my season without too much of a disruption. Luckily, my injuries are not too bad and I can get back on the bike on the trainer soon and not lose too much of the fitness I have built up here in Australia. Of course, the crash could have been much worse so I am lucky,” Sajnok said.
CCC Team will continue to provide updates on Sajnok’s recovery and return to racing.