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Twitter helps rider get SRM unit back after Tour of Flanders crash

Direcft Energie sports director found unit belonging to IAM Cycling's Martin Elmiger...

Swiss cyclist Martin Elmiger won’t want to dwell too much on yesterday’s Tour of Flanders – the IAM Cycling rider broke his left scaphoid when he crashed during the race – but his power data is safe after a sports director from a rival team picked up his SRM device and went on social media to try and find the owner.

Pictures of the SRM Powercontrol 7 unit – retail price £580 – was shared on Twitter by Valentin Gaudin of Direct Energie and brought to IAM Cycling’s attention by insider blogger Inner Ring, who had spotted the initials ‘ME’ on the back.

Elmiger’s team confirmed that the unit did indeed belong to him, and asked Gaudin to hand it to a member of IAM Cycling’s staff, with Direct Energie no doubt banking a favour from its fellow UCI Professional Continental team in some future race.

The fracture is a repeat of the one on the same bone that the 37-year-old sustained at the 2014 Tour of Flanders and likewise rules him out of Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix – a race he finished fifth in last season, his best ever result in a Monument.

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