Matteo Moschetti injured in Etoile de Bessèges

Moschetti sustains an acetabular fracture after a high impact crash during Stage 3.

Matteo Moschetti was involved in a crash this Friday, February 7th, during the third stage of the French race l’Etoile de Bessèges. The incident occurred around 15 km from the finish and the 23-year-old Italian, who never lost consciousness throughout the ordeal, was immediately transported to Hospital Centre Alès-Cévenne where he was diagnosed with a fracture of the acetabulum and the dislocation of the right femur.

“Matteo underwent a procedure under anesthesia to reduce the dislocation, put the limb in traction and free the joint. Further medical check-ups ruled out further fractures or trauma to other parts of the body. Saturday, he will undergo a new CT scan to determine whether surgery will be necessary,” said team physician Gaetano Daniele, who accompanied Moschetti to the hospital.

On Saturday, the CT scan confirmed surgery was necessary. Dr. Gaetano Daniele, who has been with the rider at the hospital since Friday, explained the situation in detail:

“The medical examinations conducted this morning convinced us to take the decision to operate surgically. Tomorrow Matteo will be transported to the Humanitas Gavazzeni clinic in Bergamo and on Tuesday he will be operated by Dr. Mario Arduini, a specialist in orthopedics, traumatology and pelvic surgery. Any assessment of recovery time will be made only after the operation. What is certain, unfortunately, is that it will not be short”.

Moschetti, who has endured an injury and crash-plagued season last year, started the 2020 season on a high, netting two wins in his first races of the year in the Challenge Mallorca.  It is another setback for the young sprinter to overcome.

“After the procedure to reduce the dislocation carried out yesterday, Matteo is now stabilized. He has suffered a lot of pain, but he has shown great strength of spirit. He’s a lion, he’s calm and has not lost the will to smile. We will do everything we can to let him back on the bike as soon as possible.” added Dr. Daniele.

Updates on Moschetti’s medical condition after surgery will be conveyed through the team’s social media.