Miguel Angel Lopez out for four months after breaking a bone in his Leg
Cyclist Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana will be out for at least four months after fracturing his right tibia while training in his home country of Colombia
El Espectador, one of Colombia's principal newspapers, reports that the rider's leg won't be able to support any weight for three weeks and the full recovery is expected to last four months.
The 22-year-old was training in the surroundings of Sogamoso, Colombia, when suffering the serious crash. He was examined a day later.
The 2016 season has been one of major ups and downs for the South American, who won the Tour of Switzerland before crashing out as team leader in the sixth stage of the Vuelta a España.
He returned in time to secure the victory in Milano-Torino. Lopez joined Astana in 2015 after having won the Tour de l'Avenir in 2014.
The rider finished seventh in his first Tour of Switzerland and won the race a year later.
Update on His Progress
Astana Pro Team updated information concerning Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno, who fell training on his home roads in Boyaca, Colombia.
According to the medical staff report, Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno has suffered a facture in lateral tibial plateau extended to medial plateau, left knee.
After the first exams (x-ray and magnetic resonance), the doctors prefer to wait a few days (until the edema will be smaller) to do a 3D CAT and then to decide if Lopez will need or not to be operated.
In case medical surgery won’t be necessary and according to the updated Team’s programs, the Columbian young talent should be back to competitions on late April at the Tour of Turkey.