January 26, 2016 / 3:09 PM / 2 years ago

Injured Degenkolb set to miss classics season

Giant-Alpecin rider John Degenkolb of Germany attends the opening ceremony of the Tour de France Saitama Criterium cycling race in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Japan, October 24, 2015.Yuya Shino

PARIS, (Reuters) - German John Degenkolb will probably miss the spring classics season after being hit by a car during a training ride, a doctor said on Tuesday. The Giant-Alpecin sprinter was one of six riders to be hit by car driven by a 73-year-old British tourist during a training camp in Spain on Saturday, suffering a broken arm and a severe finger injury.

“In theory it’s three months (of recovery) but since he rides at a very high level he needs a bit more time,” Pedro Cavadas, who led the surgery on Degenkolb, was quoted as saying by Spanish news agency EFE. Milan-San Remo is due to be held on March 19 and Paris-Roubaix on April 10.

Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Ed Osmond

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