Mikel Landa could ride Vuelta a Espana despite fractured vertebra

Mikel Landa

Mikel Landa may still race the Vuelta a España despite suffering a broken vertebra in a crash at the San Sebastian Classic, his Movistar team said.

Landa was one of several riders caught up in the pile-up less than 20 km from the finish, which saw Team Sky’s Egan Bernal suffer injuries to his face.

Landa was diagnosed with “a fracture of the lumbar vertebra L1”. He was concious and in stable condition throughout the aftermath of the crash. Medical staff immobilized him with a neck brace. He was taken to Donostia Hospital for examinations.

The 28-year-old Basque had targeted victory in the Vuelta after failing to podium at the Tour de France, where he finished seventh overall behind Geraint Thomas.

Movistar’s press statement said that he will require two to three weeks of rest to heal. Vuelta a Espana begins on August 25.


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