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Arturo Grávalos ends his season after suffering an injury to his left wrist in a traffic accident

News · 22 July, 2019

Arturo Grávalos’ competitive season ends early. The Riojan cyclist of the Alberto Contador Foundation’s U23 team, the new Spanish runner-up in cycling, suffered a traffic accident last Saturday that caused wounds of various consideration in his left hand. Grávalos underwent surgery on Sunday.

The rider of the Kometa Cycling Team sub23 was accompanied in a vehicle that suffered a road exit near Cervera del Río Alhama. He was quickly transferred to the emergency department of the Calahorra Hospital Foundation. There he underwent his first surgery on Sunday. This Monday he was going to be transferred to Zaragoza to undergo a new operation.

“I hope I can recover well. What bothers me the most is how hard it is to recover from an injury and get back to where you were”, explains Grávalos from the hospital. About his operation he adds: “He tried to join the ligament with the bone, but they couldn’t finish the operation with all the tendons because there wasn’t enough skin”.

“It’s a pity, the riders was in a magnificent moment. He came from doing a great Italian Giro and an outstanding Spanish championship. The important thing is that he recovers as soon as possible. And thinking about the bike, not to hang so suddenly this season, in case I could ride in mid or late September,” says Rafa Diaz Justo, director of the Kometa Cycling Team U23.

Grávalos was one of the new faces of the team for this season. The Riojan was having a great campaign. In the last month and a half he had had very good results. Starting with his presence in the Giro Baby, where he had his share of protagonism and shone in the stage of the sterrato. Also for a silver medal in the Spanish Championships of the category, where he was one of the great protagonists. In the last Vuelta a Zamora he was close to victory in the third stage, where he also finished second.

(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)

📸 Andrew Peat

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