Samuel Sánchez suffered a serious crash in the final kilometer on stage 5 of Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco.
“Samuel Sánchez sustained multiple superficial injuries in a crash in the final kilometer of today’s stage at Pais Vasco”, said dr. Max Testa. “He has extensive abrasions all over the body including his hands. He has a contusion on one of his knees but luckily he didn’t sustain a head concussion in the fall.”
“The X-rays at this point are all negative so we don’t think there are any broken bones. But, Samuel had a laceration of one of the extensor tendons of his fourth digit on the left hand. They are currently treating that surgically to re-attach the tendon and luckily it was a partial lesion.”
“The plan is to take Samuel back to the hotel tonight and re-evaluate his condition on Saturday morning before the final stage. Given the degree of his injuries it is very unlikely that he will start but we will make that call then.”