March 25, 2009

Collarbone surgery for Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France cycling winner Lance Armstrong underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his broken right collarbone.

Armstrong, 37, was riding in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon race in Spain on Monday when he got involved in a nasty spill with several other riders.

He returned to Austin, his hometown and after a CT scan, surgeon Doug Elenz performed a three-hour operation to repair the injury.

A steel plate and 12 screws were used for stability because the collarbone broke into four pieces.

Despite the surgery, Armstrong remains scheduled and has hopes to compete in the Giro d'Italia from May 9-31 and then in the Tour de France from July 4-26.

This is a very common cycling injury and you hear of guys able to race in two weeks and other guys that race two months later, he said. We'll have to see how the recovery goes and make sure simple stuff doesn't occur.