Nibali was fitted with the new brace Monday, designed to fit his handlebars so he can maintain a normal cycling position as he attempts to maintain form coming into one of his major goals for the 2021 season. Trek-Segafredo physician Emilio Magni commented upon the fitting of the brace in a team statement.
“The brace was modeled on the grip between the hand and the handlebar to allow Nibali to ride the bike," said Magni. "This is the aspect at the centre of our evaluation to understand the real possibilities of Vincenzo to face competition in safety."
“On Thursday is scheduled a visit with the surgeon who operated on him, Dr Tami, who will remove the stitches and give a medical feedback one week after surgery. We have also scheduled an X-ray to better understand how the recomposition of the fracture is progressing."
Nibali fractured his wrist in a training crash, underwent surgery the following day, spent a few days off the bike and is now in a fight to get back to fitness while still healing the broken bones. After the initial crash, Nibali was trying to stay positive in the midst of the terrible news for his first big ambition for the season.
"I am struggling to find the words to describe the huge sorrow I feel," said Nibali. "But this is the verdict I have to accept. Tomorrow I'll have surgery and then I'll start the difficult path to try to be at the start of the Giro. This is the goal and I will do the impossible to hit it."
Nibali has moved into physiotherapy while he is also receiving daily treatment for a build-up in fluid in his wrist.
"After an initial approach, the physiotherapy work on the hand now enters into full swing," said Magni. "The goal is to recover the best function of the limb. The daily work of drainage continues on the upper part of the wrist where, during the operation, it was necessary to enter for arthroscopy.
“After Thursday’s visit, we will be able to think about the next step, which is to allow Vincenzo to train consistently on his home trainer and then on the road. It will be a gradual process that, in addition to the medical indication, will take into high consideration the feelings of the rider.
"I think it is still premature to hypothesise a timing for the decision on Vincenzo’s presence at the Giro. We continue to have hope and to do the impossible to succeed, but the road is still uphill.”