Team Colombia’s rider Esteban Chaves is still hospitalized in Pietraligure (Italy) after suffering a severe crash in Trofeo Laigueglia on Saturday, February 16th. Chaves’ conditions are comforting, in slight and constant improvement.
The 23-year-old rider from Bogotà badly hit the ground and a road signal, reporting several traumas, particularly in the head and right shoulder areas. In the morning, the CT Scan gave a clearer outlook of Chaves’ conditions, as Team Doctor Marco Pallini reported: “Esteban suffered a compound fracture to his right collarbone, fractures in his left petrous bone, right cheekbone, maxillary sinuses and sphenoid bone, while also receiving pulmonary compressions, abrasions and suspected ribs infractions. In addition, yesterday’s exams had revealed a minor subarachnoid bleeding, but today’s CT showed is has already significantly reduced.”
Chaves will remain at the hospital for some more days as a precautionary measure, but spent a good night and personally comforted his family and friends calling from Colombia. As Doctor Pallini stated: “Esteban’s morale is simply incredible. He is encouraging his fellows, rather than being encouraged, and is already looking forward to his recovery path.”
At the moment, no surgery is deemed necessary to treat Chaves’ conditions. The ordinary prognosis for his injuries stands at 30-40 days, but the rider’s conditions will be consistently checked and monitored by the team’s sanitary staff and hospital facilities.
Meanwhile, tricky and wet day in store for the riders in Vuelta ao Algarve fourth and final stage, a 34 km individual time trial from Castro Marim to Tavira. Team Colombia riders managed to stay safe through the effort, on a rainy day in which several riders suffered quite serious crashes. German Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) predictably dominated the stage and took over the final leader’s jersey.
The Team will now get back to racing on Saturday, February 23rd to start an intense weekend, with three races on schedule: Drome Classic (23) and Classic Sud Ardeche (24) in France and GP Lugano (24) in Switzerland.
Check out the official website www.colombiacyclingpro.com for further updates on Chaves’ conditions