Welshman Rowe finished dead LAST in the Tour de France but season is over after he had surgery following tibia and fibula fracture
TEAM SKY cyclist Luke Rowe might be kicking himself – but not literally – after breaking his leg on his brother’s stag do.
The Welshman was out white water rafting with his brother Matt and pals before his wedding to Olympic gold medal-winning Dani King.
But after an accident on the rafting expedition, Rowe, 27, managed to his his leg against a rock and break his tibia and fibula.
He was seen to by Sky’s doctor Richard Usher and had surgery on the injury but Sky have said he will be out for a significant amount of time while he recuperates at home in Cardiff.
Rowe was one of Sky’s most influential riders during Chris Froome’s charge to victory at this summer’s Tour de France – his fourth title in five years.
After coming through the British Cycling academy and being signed up by Team Sky in 2012, he has become an integral part of the squad and one of Froome’s most trusted lieutenants.
Rowe said: “My brother Matt is getting married and so I was away with family and friends for his ‘stag party’.
“On the first morning we went whitewater rafting. I jumped down into the water but landed in a shallow section on my right leg.
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“Being a bike rider you get in a lot of scrapes and you get used to injuries, but I knew straight away that it was a bad one.
“The team have been brilliant. Dr Usher came out straight away to oversee my treatment and to get me back home, where I’ve seen the specialists and had surgery.
“It’s been a big shock and I know I’ve got a long period of recovery ahead.”
Rowe finished dead last of the 167 riders that finished the Tour de France, after exerting himself for star rider Froome, 4hr 35min behind the Yellow Jersey winner.