Vincenzo Nibali will be able to return to training in a few days after undergoing back surgery for the fall he suffered during the Tour de France.
Nibali broke his tenth vertebra on the mythical ascent of Alpe d’Huez on July 19, when a spectator tangled the tape of his camera with the handlebars of the Italian rider’s bicycle.
The Bahrain Mérida team reported that the 33-year-old cyclist “underwent a successful operation” at the La Madonnina clinic in Milan.
Nibali will be discharged on Wednesday and will be able to train on a stationary bike again in a few days. He will start training in order to compete in the Tour of Spain, which will start on August 25, and the world road championship, on September 30.
Nibali won the Tour de France in 2014 and the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2016. He was also enshrined in the Vuelta in 2010. AP