Luca Shaw has posted on Instagram that he has picked up a fracture in his lower spine that will keep him off the bike for two weeks.
The Syndicate have so far had some rough luck this offseason with Greg Minnaar announcing he had suffered from a bout of COVID
and now Luca Shaw announcing this spinal injury. Luca picked up the injury while racing at Windrock in the Tennessee National round earlier this month. A mechanical issue locked up his bike and ejected him out of the front door after he qualified first and was fastest at the first split. Thankfully, this doesn't seem to be a very serious injury and doctors have told Luca that the fracture on his facet joint should heal in a couple of weeks.
Luca's World Cup season now won't start until May in Fort William, which should give him plenty of time to recover, but it might have been touch and go if Maribor hadn't been postponed from late April until September
. Luca is apparently back on the road bike already and is hoping the injury will heal itself without surgery.
We're sending healing vibes out to Luca and hope to see him back on the bike soon.