Movistar’s Emma Norsgaard will miss the rest of the 2023 spring classics campaign after breaking her collarbone in yesterday’s Strade Bianche race. The Dane fell in the race and doctors have now confirmed she has suffered the break. Norsgaard will return to Denmark to go under the knife to repair the damage.
She’d got the 2023 season off to a good start with 2nd at Women Cycling Pro Costa de Almeria, 4th on the final day of the UAE Tour Women and 4th at Omloop het Nieuwsblad as well. Often thought of as a sprinter, Norsgaard has been keen to stress that she sees her best results will come in the spring classics sort of races, so it’s a shame to have that opportunity removed this year. Last season she won Le Samyn des dames and was a repeated top-10 finisher across the likes of De Panne and Gent Welvegem.
The expected timeframe of recovery from a broken collarbone is often around 4 weeks for a pro cyclist, with bad breaks potentially around 6-8 weeks. The Ardennes classics will probably be missed but we may see Emma Norsgaard slowly brought back to racing at the likes of Omloop van Borsele on 22nd April and Festival Elsy Jacobs on 29th-30th April 2023.
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