FSA DS: The Injured/Shelved Rider Wiki

Doug Pensinger, Getty Images Sport

The time to fill out your team is now. Don't pick the wrong guy!

Seems like before the teams start rolling in, we should make a space to talk about who's injured or otherwise unavailable. I'm not equipped to make a comprehensive list on my own, but I'll get it started and you guys can help fill it out.

  • Alessandro Ballan, BMC: He actually underwent a second surgery over the weekend, but it was comparatively minor (versus his initial prognosis) and he remains on track for a mid-summer return... maybe. When you're coming off of a ruptured spleen, broken femur, broken rib and other assorted niceties, the timetable can be a little imprecise. Hopefully he'll be back in time to score a few points, but one should keep expectations in check.
  • Johnny Hoogerland, Vacansoleil: Not known for his great luck, Hoogerland was struck by a car in training and suffered five broken ribs, several damaged vertebrae and a bruised liver. He got the green light yesterday to come back to the Netherlands (accident happened in Spain) so that's a good sign. But I doubt we will see him back in action before May.
  • Luis Leon Sanchez, Blanco: Not injured, but as his name has come up in the Operacion Puerto trial in Madrid, Blanco have parked him in the garage until things are cleared up. Sure, we're talking about getting cleared from a case that was opened in 2005 and is just now coming to trial. But clearing dopers can sometimes be on a faster track than convicting them. And when it comes to respecting the presumption of innocence, the people in the Spanish cycledoping world have not been found wanting.
  • Bram Tankink, Blanco: Broken collarbone. Subtract a month.
  • Karsten Kroon, Saxo Bank: Gashed his thigh on someone's chainring in Qatar, leaving a horrific cut that will shelve him for three months. Should be serviceable late in the season.
  • Tom Boonen, OPQS: Got an infected wound in his elbow, the sort of thing that most cyclists wouldn't even mention to the press. [Well, except for the part about how if he'd waited another 8 hours they would have had to amputate his arm.] But since it's Tommeke, and we're not just counting on him to be strong but to have that little something extra in his legs to be the big winner, well, take his messed up January under advisement.
  • Frank Schleck, RadioShackTrek: Suspended til July 13. This means no Tour de France, where he has excelled, but he's a lot less likely to crash himself out of competition in the meantime, right?
  • Marco Pinotti, BMC: Crashed a week ago in a time trial, breaking two ribs and injuring -- but not breaking -- his collarbone. Sounds like he'll be slow starting but maybe not too far behind.
OK, add more in the comments. Anything significant, I'll try to move up to the list.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Podium Cafe

You must be a member of Podium Cafe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Podium Cafe. You should read them.

Join Podium Cafe

You must be a member of Podium Cafe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Podium Cafe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.