Jakob Fuglsang undergoes successful collarbone surgery – Astana

Jakob Fuglsang undergoes successful collarbone surgery

Following a crash on stage one of the Benelux Tour, Jakob Fuglsang has undergone successful surgery to stablilize a fractured left collarbone.

“Jakob Fuglsang was forced to abandon the opening day of racing at Benelux Tour after crashing in the first half of the stage. He was transferred to hospital where X-rays confirmed non displaced fractures of the left collarbone and left scapular (trans-glenoid), in addition to the multiple superficial abrasions sustained in the crash. After evaluating treatment options, it was clear the best treatment option was to stabilize the fracture surgically and we are happy to report Jakob underwent successful surgery in Herentals, Belgium, yesterday. Unfortunately, this will mean the end of Jakob’s season as with only six weeks remaining of the 2021 season, he will not have the chance to recovery and regain race fitness before Il Lombardia,” said Astana – Premier Tech doctor Andrei Mikhailov.

Although disappointed to end his season due to injury, Fuglsang is motivated to recover well.

‘’Being disappointed is an understatement. The season hasn’t been great as everyone knows, but after the Olympics I trained so hard and felt in good shape for the final part of the season, with Il Lombardia my main goal. It’s pretty sure that my season is done, that’s a hard one to swallow but something I have to accept. I want to thank our medical team which arranged my surgery immediately here in Belgium, so I can now start my recovery.’’ said Fuglsang

Astana – Premier Tech will provide updates on Fuglsang’s recovery in the coming weeks.


— nadine Pfeffer to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

ISN’s Successful Giro: Pink, Stage Win and a Top-10 in GC

The last stage in the Giro d’Italia didn’t cause trouble for ISN: Dan Martin kept tenth place in the general classification.

With that top-10 from the Irishman, ISN can look back on a very successful trip around Italy. We had the pink jersey, we had a stage win, we saw Guy Niv step up his game another time, and we had multiple spots on the podium.

Ultimately, Dan’s good result in the GC resulted only in smiles from the riders and staff members.

Israeli climber Guy Niv looked back on his best Grand Tour, so far, in his career:

“I felt powerful all Giro long, and I am looking back positively on that day in the breakaway. I feel I made another step up this Giro and I cannot wait till the next race,” a motivated Niv said after finishing in Milan.

Matthias Brändle was ISN’s top finisher in today’s final time trial. He got ISN the 16th place.

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#YallaISN #Giro #RacingForChange

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

Bevin seventeenth in Giro after successful breakaway attempt

It took kilometers and kilometers before a big group of escapees was allowed to go up the road. Once it was decided, Bevin found himself in the mix.

A good move, from ISN’s perspective, to go with Bevin in the break; the team took a chance for a good stage result.

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The parcours suited the fast Bevin particularly well as there were a few tiny hills to overcome in the last thirty kilometers.

The Kiwi attacked his fellow breakaway companions with thirty kilometers to go, didn’t get away, then paid for his attempt.

After the finish, he said: “I tried to be aggressive, but I simply didn’t have the legs.”

He didn’t return to the front of the race again after several attacks from others.

“Disappointing”, he said, “especially after such a long day on the bike.”

Bevin finished seventeenth. “That’s it after 18 stages into the Giro.”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

A successful first part of Giro d’Italia for ISN

Israel Start-Up Nation has had a great start to this year’s Giro d’Italia with multiple podium performances by several riders as well as taking the pink jersey with Alessandro De Marchi.

On this first rest-day of the Giro, the ISN riders can look back at a strong start to the race, finishing on the podium on half of the stages so far and making top-10 on nine out of the first 10 stages. A truly impressive performance by the team, which was highlighted as De Marchi took the pink leader’s jersey and rode in it for two days. This was also the first time in the history of the team that ISN held a leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour.

Alessandro De Marchi: “Riding in the pink jersey is something that I will remember forever. I have never arrived at a rest-day in a Grand Tour like this. I’m really happy and I feel at ease. The highlight of our race, so far, may have been taking the maglia rosa, but the whole team has been so good with also Cimo [Davide Cimolai] and Dan [Martin] being amongst the best riders in the race. We can all be very proud of these first 10 days. In fact, we are still progressing and improving, getting better and better every day of this race. Now, we look forward to continue like this in the next part of the race.”

The second part of the Giro d’Italia starts out with an extremely challenging stage from Perugia to Montalcino including several hills and four challenging gravel sections for the riders to overcome. Four mountain top finishes, two undulating stages and two sprint stages later await the peloton before the race ends with a 30 km flat time trial to Milano.

Sports director, Nicki Sørensen: “Despite losing an important rider in Krists Neilands already after the first stage, we have had a very successful first part of the Giro. It’s been a hard race already but the riders have really been fighting admirably and we have had multiple good results with different riders. Of course, the guys are tired now but they are all ready to take on this second, and even harder, part of the race. Everybody here seems to be in super shape at the moment.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com