cycling news / Gessner breaks both wrists at Tour de Normandie
DUE TO A CRASH AT THE TOUR DE NORMANDIE, GERMAN KONRAD GESSNER HAS BEEN FORCED TO TAKE A BREAK FROM RACING. AFTER VISITING THE HOSPITAL, GESSNER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BROKEN BONES IN BOTH HIS WRISTS.
“I will try to train as much as possible on the rollers.”
After having a great start to the season by sprinting to two top ten places – 3rd and 7th – at the Tour of Antalya, expectations of Konrad Gessner were high coming into the highly rated Tour de Normandie. Unfortunately for the 22-year-old and the entire Leopard Pro Cycling team, disaster struck during the second day of the stage race in the northwest of France. As the peloton was approaching a bunch sprint finish, the pace was really high. When a crash happend, Gessner had no choice but to hit the deck. By doing this wrists-first, this meant that the German had to leave the race and was brought to the hospital.
Konrad Gessner “It was the second stage of the Tour de Normandie and we were at about fifteen kilometers from the finish line. When we drove around 60 kilometers per hour, riders crashed right in front of me. Therefore I was not able to react in time and before I knew it, I flew over my handlebars. I landed on my wrists and turns out that I have broken my scaphoid bone in the left wrist and the triquetral bone in the right wrist. Now I wear a splint for 24 hours a day. I need to wear this on the left hand for six weeks and on the right hand for four weeks. During this time I will try to train as much as possible on the rollers. I expect a lot of physio and stability work in the coming weeks.“