A 5-inch stainless steel plate with 12 screws
Armstrong recovering after surgery
By Agence France Presse
Posted Mar. 25, 2009
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was recovering Wednesday after surgery to repair his right collarbone, which was broken into four pieces in a crash on Monday at the Vuelta a Castilla y León.
In an article posted on the Astana team website, doctor Doug Elenz, the orthopedic surgeon who performed the procedure in Austin, Texas, said it wasn't yet clear when Armstrong would be able to return to racing.
"Normally we see eight to 12 weeks for something like this to heal completely," Elenz said, but added that Armstrong could be back in action before that, depending on his progress.
Elenz and his team repaired the injury with a 5-inch stainless steel plate with 12 screws.
I'm curious to know how much time a 5-inch stainless steel plate with 12 screws can add to a rider's final time in the GC.
I wonder if he asked for carbon parts...