Team Milram received more bad news today as news got out about their rider Gerald Ciolek being out of competition for at least two months, after crashing at the end of the 3rd stage of the Tour of Qatar and sustaining more injuries than was originally thought.
The initial diagnosis after the mass crash revealed that the German rider suffered a broken collarbone, but after returning to Germany, doctors there uncovered additional injuries such as a separated right shoulder and a fractured scaphoid bone in his wrist. These injuries will put Ciolek out of commission for at least two months.
Ciolek will be undergoing surgery at the Vinzenz Pallotti Hospital. Light training will begin after an estimated three weeks, and optimistic estimates say that he will be able to return to competition at the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt event.
Gerry van Gerwen, the Milram team manager, says that the crash was “the worst thing that could have happened to us at the beginning of the season.” He adds that Ciolek was set to be one of the major riders for the team this season, and as a result, big changes will have to be made not only for the German rider, but also for the rest of the team.
Max Biermann, spokesman for Team Milram, says that losing Ciolek is “a heavy blow” for the team. The German star is one of the team’s two captains. Ciolek’s mission for now, according to Gerry van Gerwen, is to rest and recover first, then start training “in peace and quiet” and to build up his racing form. “We all wish that he gets well soon.”