Davide Formolo suffers suspected fractured wrist after training collision with wild boar
Formolo befell some porcine misfortune, unable to avoid a collision with the young boar while making a fast descent from the hills above his home in Monaco. The UAE Team Emirates rider thanked his helmet manufacturer for saving him from a worse injury. The 2022 UCI World Tour begins on Emirati soil on 20 February.
Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE-Team Emirates during the 108th Tour de France 2021, Stage 15 a 191,3km stage from Céret to Andorre-la-Vieille / @LeTour / #TDF2021 / on July 11, 2021 in Andorre-la-Vieille, Andorra
While doctors have cleared him of major breaks, the UAE Team Emirates rider fears that he may have fractured a bone in the incident.
"Fortune is blind, but misfortune sees us very well. I was descending fast, going to the right and a baby boar crossed the road running. I couldn't do anything about it, he hit his head on my front wheel," Formolo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I fell over. I was going downhill at 40 mph and was on the ground. We are still working a lot on my right wrist, we are still afraid that there is some fracture. It looks like nothing is broken, but there are a lot of bones in the hands and it takes ten days to show any fractures.
"We are still working a lot on the right wrist - we are afraid that there is a fracture.
"I did a week with the time trial bike, but I still can't stand up on the bike."
Formolo thus faces significant disruption to his 2022 season.
The UCI World Tour is due to begin at UAE Team Emirates' week-long home race on 20 February, before the first classic of the year at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on 26 February.
29-year-old Formolo enjoyed a successful 2021, finishing a credible 15th in the general classification at the Giro d'Italia before playing a key role as one of Tadej Pogacar's lieutenants in the high mountains during the Tour de France.
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Having sacrificed certain personal ambitions to help Pogacar to back-to-back French triumphs, Formolo has indicated that his 2022 schedule will give him greater opportunities as a leader - particularly at his home Grand Tour.
"I’ll play my own cards more next year," Formolo explained to CyclingNews. "I’ll do a bit less with Tadej and more for myself, so we’ll have different preparation.
"I shouldn’t be doing the Tour next year, I’ll be concentrating on the Giro.
"Next year, I want to be 100 per cent focused on the Giro."