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Pro cyclist Oscar Sevilla suffers broken wrist as muggers in Colombia steal his bike

Injury could force Spanish pro with top-10 Grand Tour places in his results to miss defence of his Vuelta a Madrid title

Spanish professional cyclist Oscar Sevilla has sustained a broken wrist after being attacked by muggers near Bogota, Colombia.

The 41-year-old, who was runner-up in the 2001 Vuelta a Espana when he rode for Kelme, has been based in the South American country for the past seven years and now rides for Team Medellin.

They confirmed that he had been assaulted while training to the north of Colombia’s capital this morning and his bike stolen.

His right wrist was fractured in the incident, and he is due to undergo surgery this afternoon at the at the Santa Fe Clinic in Bogota.

His team said his injury cast serious doubt on his planned defence in early May of the Vuelta a Madrid title he won last season, and which was one of his main targets this year.

He was also due to race at the Vuelta a Asturias and the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

Team Medellin also posted a picture of the stolen bike to Instagram and has asked for help in recovering it.

In 2013, Lampre-Merida pro Jose Sherpa suffered cuts to his face and back when thieves armed with knives stole bike as he trained in Colombia, his native country.

> Lampre Merida's José Serpa wounded as muggers steal his bike

Sevilla, who finished seventh overall at the Tour de France in 2001, spent six seasons with Kelme before joining T-Mobile in 2005.

The following year, he and team mate Jan Ulrich were dropped from the T-Mobile team on the eve of the Tour de France after being linked to Operacion Puerto.

The pair were subsequently suspended by the team, effectively terminating their employment.

Sevilla joined Relax-GAM the following year then Rock Racing from 2008-10, since when he has ridden for UCI Continental teams based in Colombia.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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