Amaury Pierron Breaks his Collarbone

Nov 21, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
Does Amaury Pierron winning World Cups get old Watch his runs and you will know it does not. Today was another tour de force.

Amaury Pierron has revealed on social media that he has broken his collarbone.

After a great 2022 season taking the overall title, Amaury Pierron has not had the best start to his off-season training after breaking his collarbone. Amaury has already had surgery for the injury and is now starting his recovery before he can get back on the bike and continue his preparations for the 2023 season. With a late start of June 9 next year Amaury has plenty of time to fully heal and train before he needs to get between the tape for the first World Cup.

bigquotesHere we go again... Broken collarbone.

Definitely not the news I was looking for. But that’s what it is. And one more time, the lesson is learned... Forced rest now.

Surgery went well, and I already can’t wait for the adventure ahead.

Off-season has been so good, thanks for the good times my friends, and see you soon.

I feel sorry for my dear partners, but I’ll be back in no time.
Amaury Pierron

We wish Amaury all the best with his recovery and hope he is back on his bike soon.


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 It'd be a whole lot easier if collarbones were external. That way a plate could be slapped on in no time, like between runs. Break your collarbone on the last practice run before race run? No problem, New plate and several screws later and you're ready to race. Dam internally routed bones, almost as bad as internal cable routing.
  • 27 0
 Can’t wait for electronic bones personally
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Sounds good until you need to purchase a monthly subscription to use them
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 @sudochuckwalla: I hate it when I forget to charge my collarbone and it stops working halfway thru a ride!
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 I've said it once and I'll say it again; if ever a Delorean with flux capacitor becomes available for sale, I'm going back in time to kill the monkey that evolved with tiny collarbones...
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 Just make sure that they don't get routed though your headset!
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 Camille came close to doing that....
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 @sudochuckwalla: I can't wait for someone to start calling our current bones acoustic or analog once you get them.
  • 4 0
 @commental: This is the world of bicycles.. They will be called OEM.
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 @m47h13u: careful, cause he could also be the monkey with the biggest pee pee.
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 I hear there's a patent for SRAM collarbone hangers...haha
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 One of my old motorcycle racing buddies crashed in qualifying and broke collar bone. But duct taped shoulder solid and raced in afternoon. Insane. He was a bit on the crazy side.
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 Before the crash - Amaury Pierron. After the crash - Amaury Pierroff.
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 Looks like he also broke his belt...
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 And still a favourite to win WC DH for next season lol
  • 22 7
 A broken collarbone is like 6 weeks off the bike max, this type of injury is routine in this sport.
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 Considering they don't start until what, next October, I think he'll be good.
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flag LDG (Nov 21, 2022 at 6:34) (Below Threshold)
 @misteraustin: Wow! Mr know it! sounds like you work in healthcare, haha
Every injury is different, 90% of my friends collarbone fractures say different!
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 @LDG: Ever heard of Camille Balanche?
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 @misteraustin: Do the Dr's take those screws and metal thingy out after it's healed?
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 @neimbc: @neimbc: Sometimes. As you see here, often another crash will just find the next weakest part of the bone, thus being right after the plate here cause the plate is that much stronger than normal collarbones. Flipside... its another surgery, another wound to heal, and another 2 months+ for the holes in the bone to also heal. A lot of times if its not bothersome, people don't want to go thru that.
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 @pisgahgnar: @pisgahgnar: yes, she got operated. His statement said nothing about post surgery rehab times when screws do the healing for you. Also comparing any injury for normal people with that a pro athlete is dumb, the are better trained, get better help and are payed to get back as soon as possible and often they do but at a risk that isn't worth it to non proffessionals. They also get operated on quicker and for the time reason not the best possible long time result.
In sweden they very rarely get operated at all since the result isn't better in the long run for most people and there is always a risk with a surgey.
I'm a specialist nurse and worked in ambulances and ortopedics and my girlfriend is works with sport medicin, believe me it's a common injury but selldom trouble free!
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 @LDG: Your second comment would apply quite well to your initial response. It would appear the topic of discussion is in fact collarbone injuries of professional athletes and the likely recovery time to be back to racing.
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 @Sweatypants: I've had a plate and 9 screws in my collarbone since 2009. Only very rarely do I get bonked in just the right spot that makes it hurt.

Someday I'd like to do some expedition backpacking so I might want to get it removed if the shoulder strap rubs on the plate in a bad spot.
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 @timtoldnes: Give backpacking a try before removing it. I had similar concerns about my plate and backpacking. It wasn't that bad really. But a 5 nighter w/ ~70lb pack was the longest/heaviest I've done. The edge of the plate is pretty much in the worst spot and it is only slightly irritated by the strap occasionally mostly when putting on or taking the pack off. But packs and bodies vary, so ymmv.
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 Some do, some don't. I left the plate and screws in on my Radius because I don't like surgery.
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 I had a lot of metal in my leg after breaking my femur in a couple of places. Initially I was told it was there for life, but I had to have most it removed as I kept getting Bursitis when I pushed the physio and I just wasn't recovering.
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 @neimbc: Just had my c-bone hardware removed about four weeks ago, the doc says about 6 weeks until the holes are starting to noticeably fill in, so I'm holding off riding until then. The surgery was a piece of cake; its just the incision that needs to heal.
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 @misteraustin: that xc dude broke his clavicle and won the damn olympics later that summer
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 I am wondering what his life will be like in 10 or so years when all the broken everythings that he has finally catches up with him. I enjoy watching him. He is committed. But, I have to wonder at what cost for his future quality of life. I am sure I will get down voted for that but whatever. I cannot be the only one who wonders this watching rider after rider break themselves.
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 I think pro DH riders realize the risks they take. Clavicles don't generally have any long term consequences but many injurues will and the rider is trading their ability to play hard later in life for financial benefits now.
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 Top level athletes know the risks. But most importantly they know how to be healthy as they mature into older adults. PT and a healthy lifestyle goes a long ways if the athlete chooses that route after retirement. Have a few buddies that are "retired" professional athletes and they know there bodies well enough to keep on keeping on.
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 Probably no worse than most of the population. Who don't do sport but often do repetitive jobs and/or neglect their health.
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 Travis Pastrana seems to still be going strong
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 Hoffman has written about this a bit and he figures with the high pain tolerance threshold gained by getting hurt a lot over a long time will even things out compared to people new to pain getting pains from growing old.
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 @toad321: Sure but he is a car now for all of his stuff. He isnt really riding moto anymore.
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 @feeblesmith: Yea, I have two plates since mid 90's, you mostly get used to the constant state of pain, but when you break something else you might not notice cause your brain is like pfff w/e. I walked around with a broken rib for 3 weeks this summer before I decided to get an xray.
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 I'm just an average rider, but I've smashed myself up pretty well over the years. For sure it's had an impact, but I've always looked at it as risk versus reward and kept riding because of what it brings to my life. I would imagine for these riders at the top it's the same mindset but probably more strongly felt.
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 Imagine getting injured all the time and not being paid for it... It's even worse, I'll have to tell my grandkids I can't walk because of my pursuit of being a mediocre recreational basketball player.
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 @feeblesmith: Though he has fallen on his head a lot. This might also affect his mental calculus.
(No disrespect intended towards a legendary rider)
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 @commental: As have I. Quite a few broken things, including vertebrae. The thing is we are not the same in that we ride for fun and he rides for a paycheck. Risk versus reward is no where near the same. Not even close. If I choose not to hit a drop or gap at speed and instead walk it, that will add time to my ride but that will not change a single thing. Well, maybe I get home a few minutes later than I originally thought I would. If a pro rider chooses not to hit the same feature and takes the time hit, they will not place and then they will not get paid.

I think of (Sir) Jackie Stewart and the early days of F1 racing. Multiple people were dying at every event as the technology of the racing car, everything from monocoque chassis to motor development, was progressing at such a pace that the tracks were deadly. I wonder when the riders organization/ union/ group whatever is going to hit that point. No one is dying, fortunately, but the body can take only so much before the injuries are life long instead of temporary. I compressed and fractured my L2 about 18 years ago. This morning it let me know and I hobbled around like an 85 year old mine worker for about an hour.
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 Hope his hardware is titanium. It's lighter has a better feel . Nothing like titanium parts in your body . I've got a sweet titanium rod holding my femur together. Has a nice flex to it much better damping than stainless steel.
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 Adamantium is the best metal I heard. Waiting for its availability.
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 My new hip is going to be Ti. I'll need a new hardtail to match it.
  • 16 0
 this is the "tell me you're a mtn biker without telling me you're a mtn biker" injury.
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 Looking at the x-ray on the front page, he's already had his collar bone fixed and it's broken again.
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 Looks like it broke right at the end of the previously installed plate. Should have run that thing full length!
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 I was told that breaking an already plated collarbone can be significantly worse (than a regular collarbone). The person that told me that was experienced at breaking them, but also an idiot prone to exaggeration so I've always wondered how much truth there was in that. Anyone medically knowledgeable care to chime in?
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 @kcy4130: he was right. To plate that one now they'll have to remove the old plate first, so bigger cut, more scar tissue (I'm not sure if they can work around it). Also long bones break the most in the middle section, where there is a plate now, so you either break a much stronger section of the bone (near the end) or, if that doesn't give, you break your AC ligaments, which depending on severity may require surgery and prothesis too.
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 @kcy4130: a clavicle that is plated is more likely to break at either end of the bone (vs in the middle, the most common spot when not plated) - these fractures towards the ends can be more difficult & take longer to heal, and there is a higher likelihood for various complications
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 @iiman: I'd probably rather break my clavicle than have a severe disruption of my AC joint, as I think it has a better outcome.
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 @BarneyStinson: It does. I'm 4 months post-op for a grade V AC repair and have just started riding green trails again. Strength is still probably 50% of normal. I'd much rather have broken my collarbone.
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 @wsmith1109: Hang in there & keep up with the PT. I've got a Grade V (no surgery). I just PR'd my favorite chunky descent and I'm back to bouldering/rock climbing again.
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Definitely more involved than a standard clavicle fracture, but looking at his x ray it’s a very straightforward fracture. The incision would be extended slightly, old plate removed, and a longer plate applied. In orthopedics, where the plate ends is a stress riser and the force is concentrated at that area so that’s why it fails. To your question, however, if the screws are broken, it takes a bit more time to remove the hardware and makes it a bit more challenging.
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 Didn't know that eating egg shells was a thing - even for the French. Turns out they are a great source of calcium!
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 Like that F’ing goof “liver king” .
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 Snakes usually do that... even if they don't have any collarbone, even in France.
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 That has to taste awful
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 I remember a doctor I met who told me he ate shrimp and prawn shells for the health benefits.
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 @commental: I had a college bud that wouldn’t peel shrimp. He’s eat the shell, legs and all. He was just lazy and usually drunk.
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 @ride2day: what hardcore drunkard just munches on shrimp all day. Impressive.
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 Get this man some some real hardware. 4130 rod with spherical ball ends oughta do the trick.
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 It's a good job the next season is 13 months away.
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 Breaking news
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 It was the headset routing cables on his new Commencal's 'trail bike''s fault. Heal up Amaury. Big Grin
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 He has all the time he needs to come back stronger, and knowing the guy, he will.
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 hope he is better before next season
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 wonder when he will get the new carbon collarbones from tld.
  • 1 0
 That pic looks like it was meant for Vampire Mingle.
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 Gauche turns multiply
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 Riding moto?
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 How's the ground doing?
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