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Sergio Henao out for season after freak car crash

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Henao will have knee surgery (©GettyImages)
Henao will have knee surgery (©GettyImages).

Sergio Henao will miss the rest of the season after crashing during the Tour de Suisse on Friday.

Henao was involved in a freak crash when he was hit by a car during a recon ride of the time trial course before Friday's stage.

The Team Sky rider was diagnosed with a broken knee and he admits this injury will probably keep him out of the rest of the season.

According to Cycling News, Henao said: "It's pointless trying to hasten my recovery and try to return. My priority is to be good physically, at 100 per cent, and I don't think I will be able to racing this season."

Henao was riding strongly before the crash and was only 36 seconds down on Tony Martin who was the race leader at the time.

This was the Colombian's first race since the Tour of Oman after he was found to have anomalies in a drugs test, but he was cleared of the allegations.

The 26 year old believes he felt strong whilst racing in the Tour de Suisse and was hoping to win the general classification.

“I immediately realised that I was physically very strong and I believed that I could at least fight for the general classification. For me, it was a joy when I was third in the stage that Sagan won."

The crash means that Henao will not be able to ride in support of Chris Froome at the Tour de France but he is determined to come back stronger when he recovers from his injury.

Henao admits the crash could have been much worse and is thankful his injuries weren't too severe.

“It was quite scary, thank God it wasn’t too bad, because it could have been much worse. The mechanic and the technician said, in the car on the way back, that they wouldn’t see my after the crash.

“I was at a crossroads and there were several volunteers and I did not know that the roads were still open. I was going around 30 kilometres per hour. The truth is, I didn’t see the car and I don’t think they saw me either. There was no time for anything, I just felt the impact.

“It’s hard. This is something that I didn’t want to go through. All of us want have only victories and podiums, but for me I have had two knocks, first I had to stop and now the injury.

“I can only have patience, time heals everything. This is a year to forget, a lost year, but I can learn a lot mentally for my life. With this injury I can only work hard to get back to 100 per cent. I have the belief, the desire to return and the hunger to be with the best.”

Henao will have to wait until next season to impress at Team Sky as he looks to break into the squad that will ride at future Grand Tours.

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