- The Catalan rider sustains a kneecap fracture which will keep him from racing for six weeks.
Strong, smart, fast… but not indestructible. That is the only missing asset in Gerard Farrés –and the rest of the mortals-, who is forced to make a brief pit stop after being diagnosed with a fractured kneecap in his left knee. A crash during Hellas Rally was the cause of the injury, although the pain did not slow him down as he came out victorious in the greek event. After an exhaustive check up a couple of days ago, the bad news was confirmed.
The doctors recommend from 6 to 8 weeks of rest for a full recovery, which will almost certainly force the “boar of the desert” to miss his favourite race of the season, with the exception of Dakar: Baja Aragón. Depending on how his recovery develops, Gerard will most certainly have to miss out on his home race as he will try to rest as much as possible.
Far from getting frustrated, Gerard tackles his injury with his usual good mood and willingness to keep improving, a “breakdown” which has not damaged his enthusiasm, and is pushing him to fight even harder if possible, to be even better for the South American event.
Gerard Farrés (@gerardfarres): “I crashed during the fourth stage of Hellas Rally while I was distracted with my hydration backpack. I hit my knee, but ignored it and was able to continue racing under the medical team’s supervision. Now, after a week’s rest at home, I trained again and it was still painful. We went to the doctor and got a magnetic resonance done, and it turns out I have fractured my left kneecap! The truth is that after so many crashes and injuries, we are used to the pain and I didn’t think it could be so serious. It’s now time for some weeks of resting and I will be on the gas again. It’s really frustrating to have to miss out on Baja Aragón and not racing the Cross Country Nationals in L’Alcora in Castellon, where I had chances of taking the title. The positive side is that it won’t affect Dakar, because I have plenty of time to recover and to get back up to speed, whereas if it had happened later in the season, it would all be uphill towards January. The truth is it is quite hard for me to be sidelined, because I have a very nervous character and I can’t stand not being able to ride, but I like to look at the positive side of everything and I am sure we will make the most of this. I will take some time to help Marc Solá integrate to the team, I am very excited for his incorporation and anxious of racing alongside him and the rest of the HIMOINSA Team.”
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