Philip Deignan is at home this week in Letterkenny recovering from a fractured collar bone.
Team Sky’s Deignan was forced to withdraw from the Ruta del Sol following the injury sustained on Tuesday in Monaco.
Last September, Deignan broke his collarbone in the Tour of Britain but feels the injury isn’t quite so serious this time around.
“The medical team have taken a good look at it and we’ve decided not to have surgery, so I’m back home in Donegal now getting ready to go again,” the 30-year-old told the Team Sky website,
“My collarbone’s a lot more mobile than the last time this happened so I’m hoping I’ll be back on the bike sooner rather than later.
“It’s frustrating more than anything else when something like this happens. I was happy with the way things went at the Tour Down Under and I was looking to continue building my form at the Ruta del Sol.
“It’s not the end of the world though, it could have been a lot worse, so I’m trying to look at it in a positive way.”
Deignan remains confident he will be able to participate in the Giro d’Italia, which beings in Belfast on May 9 and also incorporates a stage in Dublin.
A fractured collarbone generally takes six weeks to recover from and the 2008 Olympian is eager to get back into the colours of Team Sky, having impressed so much in the Tour Down Under in January.
“It’s difficult to say at this point exactly how long he’ll be out for,” said the squad’s Irish doctor Alan Farrell.
“This particular fracture is not a bad one though, so we’re confident he will be back on the home trainer in the next few weeks.”