Edu Prades (Movistar Team) recovers from dursima every suffered yesterday in the Tour of Poland. The Catalan, who collided with the fences that had been displaced by the Fabio Jakobsen’s fall after being shut down by Dylan Groenewegen, suffered a wound on his back -in need of a suture- and, especially, a strong blow that causes pain in the area of the scapula and in the ribs.
Prades was taken by ambulance to a nearby medical center, where after the pertinent radiological tests it was confirmed, at midnight on Wednesday, a small transverse fracture in the C6 cervical vertebra.
The Tarragona cyclist, who spent the night in the hospital and was discharged this Thursday, will travel this Friday to the Movistar Team headquarters in Pamplona in order to pass further tests in the next few days.
Prades explained what happened in statements to his team: “The strongest and initial blow was suffered in the entire dorsal area, the middle part of the back; with the bottom part I played right after. I have checked the speed of the sprint and the The impact was when I was going 81 km / h. I was very scared at first, because it was difficult for me to breathe. I was afraid that I had broken my ribs and that it could have affected my lungs. I felt that pain in my side and when I was lying down it was difficult for me to breathe; I didn’t even think about the cervical spine, which was what ended up breaking me, nor in clavicle. Fortunately, Llus was with me from the beginning, very aware, and I thank her very much. When I caught the rhythm of my breathing and saw that I could take a good breath, I calmed down a lot.
“The truth is that last night I did not close an eye for the inconvenience and attention required to be admitted. In addition, from the end of the stage until midmorning I could not eat anything. In the middle of the morning, once I passed the last checks, I was able to rest a bit and, back at the hotel, I know I have slept a lot more and I am recovering my body rhythm“.
“The first hours with the collar, in the hospital, looking at the ceiling, have been quite overwhelming, but once I was discharged and I was able to leave, everything changed a lot. It is a stable fracture and they let me move, almost lead a normal life, but all very carefully, to try to cure it as soon as possible. “
“One of the fears of this short season was that mishaps like yesterday would happen. You have worked hard, you have given everything and one each ace can ruin the season. Now come complicated weeks, in which at the moment you will not be able to ride a bike, but within which you want to recover as quickly as possible so as not to lose competitionYou know that you should be cautious, because taking one step forward and then two backwards can harm you for much longer than the simple injury. “
“Unfortunately, falls like this one yesterday or the one in Australia are things that happen in cycling. One day you are fine, as I was there or I was a few days ago with the podium that I achieved in Getxo, and another day, without eating or drinking it, in an instant, everything changes. When I fell at the Tour Down Under in January, it was a blow to 8 km from the finish line on a day in which there was no type of tension.. One each multiple, catches you and hurts you for the rest of the race. Yesterday was something similar. It was not a sprint where I was really going to get into a contest, but I was feeling comfortable, I wanted to avoid cuts and not waste time … and in the end, you suffer the strongest fall that I have ever had as a professional. Cycling is like that, as I said, “he finished.