Myriam Nicole Recovering from Surgery After Thumb Ligament Injury

Mar 15, 2024 at 7:01
by Ed Spratt  
Myriam Nicole ready for whatever the Appalachians will throw at her.

Myriam Nicole has revealed she is recovering from surgery last week to fix a UCL rupture and Stener lesion.

After starting her season with third place at the Thredbo Cannonball downhill, Myriam Nicole will be back off the bike as she recovers from surgery to fix a thumb injury. Myriam Nicole has been away from racing in recent seasons while she dealt with ongoing concussion symptoms and was hoping to return to World Cup racing at Fort William.

Following the news of her surgery, we contacted Myriam, who shared additional details about the injury and said she would know more soon but would be trying to make it to round one in Fort William.

bigquotesI broke my thumb ligament and had surgery last Friday. I will know more in a few weeks for Fort Bill, doing everything I can to be there. Myriam Nicole

Myriam Nicole's post to social media last week.

We also contacted Myriam's team about her pre-season injury, with the Commencal / Muc Off team telling us that it is "aiming for the quickest and smartest way of recovery." The team believe it may be tough to be back for the opening round, but it will "do what’s best for the remainder of the season."

bigquotesWe’re aiming for the quickest and smartest way of recovery and we’re surrounded by great people for it.

Surgery went well and Myriam is already back on the training grind. Might be tight for the WC opening but we’ll do what’s best for the remainder of the season.
Commencal Muc Off

We wish Myriam all the best with her recovery and hope she will be back riding and racing soon.

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  • 82 4
 I wish Myriam a quick recovery.

On another note, how come there is no Pinkbike article about her former team-mate Thibaut Daprela officially off Canyon Factory team and racing as a privateer in this season?
  • 7 1
 I'd assume it's because they are awaiting for an official statement from Canyon????
  • 61 2
 Another MTB site's comments have suggested some serious allegations have been made against him. I imagine that PB want to steer clear of any legal shenanigans altogether and not report on it.
  • 6 0
 @Bitelio: Canyon has announced it already
  • 14 0
 Oups misread your comment sorry
  • 16 2
 @korev: Thibaut has announced this on his Instagram, Canyon has announced it as well. There is no reason why PB shouldn't drop a note imo, without speculating about reasons, accusations against him and spreading rumors..
  • 11 1
 @nerdymtbiker: Oh, thanks, I was not aware. I must be the only guy in the planet without Instagram XD
  • 50 0
 I guess PB didn't release an article on Daprela because they're afraid of the comment section...
  • 4 0
 @korev: what happend???
  • 40 3
 Meanwhile, back to the Myriam Nicole article, this really sucks for her.... Heal up soon Pompon!
  • 3 0
 but he just arrived WTF ???
  • 17 3
 He's responded. The speculations in the instagram comment section appear to be just that.
  • 6 0
 I tore mine twice, but no surgeries.
The bad thing is I have to use sram axs shifters or I literally can’t ride a bike.
The cool thing is I can touch my thumb to my wrist and make people gag.
  • 3 5
 @korev: damn who knew mtb’ers could be so spicy
  • 10 0
 @chriskneeland: very interesting. The TLDR of that article is that he's saying exactly what defense lawyers say "allegations are false. It's a smear campaign". Time will tell. Hard to imagine such a spiteful smear campaign in this sport, but who knows.
  • 3 0
 @Gristle: But he does explicitly say it's not due to an issue outside of the sport and suggests that he isn't legally allowed to continue racing under the CLCTV brand.
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flag nastynate711 FL (Mar 15, 2024 at 8:55) (Below Threshold)
 I just found out about the allegations. And I have to say, I’m not shocked. There was always something about him that rubbed me the wrong way, even when he was seeing some success, I wasn’t stoked.

I’ve met him in person, and when you look someone in the eye and see their demeanor when the camera isn’t rolling, you get a much better sense of what kind of person they are. In my eyes, he doesn’t deserve to be at the pointy end of this sport, and if it ends his career, WC DH will be better for it.

His last win was only because of the weather. I was also there for the wheel explosion in Snowshoe, just a little further down the track, and my first thought was Karma.
  • 79 3
 @nastynate711: And with your comment-we just found out why PB is ignoring this news, the comment section will be a minefield of nonsense.
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flag MattQEkBp1 (Mar 15, 2024 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: ah the incels of the vital forums
  • 9 2
 @RedBurn: @RedBurn: Rumors, but he did get tossed off the team. Usually not done for no reason.
  • 3 3
 @zanda23: And as he stated, not for reasons outside of the sport.
  • 18 3
 @nastynate711:Username checks out
  • 5 0
 @MattQEkBp1: you have friends everywhere
  • 10 43
flag nastynate711 FL (Mar 15, 2024 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 @yakimonti: @yakimonti: it’s called an opinion, you don’t have to like it. Some people agree with me, and it’s probably the ones who have met him, which will be the minority in comparison to most racing fans.

I didn’t say anything false, or make any accusations of my own. Sure, there would be the proverbial “shitstorm” as you put it, but that’s called discussion. And on a topic such as this, it’s bound to get heated. But I would have to speculate that the comment section isn’t what’s preventing an article, but rather PB is being wise and waiting for more credible info before releasing anything.

He could be guilty, or it could be a smear campaign as Thibaut suggests, but that doesn’t usually happen to good upstanding people.
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flag nastynate711 FL (Mar 15, 2024 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 @watchmen: good one
  • 7 2
 @chriskneeland: "As he stated" with no reason to lie whatsoever.

"Unfortunately, following the announcement of my arrival within the Canyon CLLCTV team, problems began because obviously people in the community who knew my sporting abilities perfectly did not appreciate the fact that I was riding for Canyon at all. From there, people clearly tried to destroy or even destabilize me with odious practices. These actions caused a lot of harm to me but also to my loved ones and my family, which demonstrates vile, disloyal behavior and very far from sporting values. I could never have imagined such a smear campaign."

This is the rough translation from the French article. Thibaut himself is implying that off-bike things played a role. Even if you think he is innocent of it, he is acknowledging more to the story.
  • 22 6
 @nastynate711: I take it back.....unhingedmoron711 fits better.
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 @zanda23: You conveniently missed a spot.

When asked directly about the allegations for depature - "There is no extra-sporting reason"

When asked about leaving Canyon - "This was done by mutual agreement, for legal reasons"

Sounds more like contractual obligations/restrictions.
  • 2 0
 @scary1: I ripped mine off the bone twice last year. No surgery just lots of physio then a total of 6 months without biking.
  • 5 4
 @chriskneeland: I did not miss a spot, I quoted another part of the article. I am saying that Thibaut is talking out of both sides of his mouth if he is saying both things. Whatever it is, has there ever been a purely sporting non-injury reason for an athlete to be unceremoniously dumped from a contract before the season started? As a follower of many sports, I cannot think of one. To me, the quick dumping of Dapréla casts doubt on him saying there were no off-the-bike issues.
  • 9 5
 @zanda23: You most absolutely missed the exact spot where he refutes your unsubstantiated "theory" that something nefarious occurred. Got any proof of anything? First hand knowledge of an incident? Legal filings? Or are you just a complete f*cking piece of shit slandering someone in a comment section?
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flag nastynate711 FL (Mar 15, 2024 at 11:09) (Below Threshold)
 @watchmen: that’s hilarious. How does calmly stating some opinions you don’t agree with make me an unhinged moron?

There’s nothing wrong with not liking someone, and you don’t have to like me. But here in the US we strongly believe in freedom of speech. And hurling insults just because you don’t agree? Pretty childish.
  • 16 1
 @nastynate711: were you DNA swabbed? Maybe he was just being French. I know that's frowned upon by many in the Anglo-Saxon community.
  • 42 1
 @watchmen: You're missing the point, @nastynate711 can stare into someone's soul by looking at them and tell who is "good upstanding" and who is bad. Thus he is of course entitled to make nasty comments about people he doesn't know.
  • 9 8
 @chriskneeland: Dude, I read the whole article. I did not miss that part. Media literacy requires a reader to form their opinions based on their judgment of context, in this case including incentives. I do not think you are on firm ground when you say that you trust the statement from a person who was fired in a completely unprecedented manner in the world of sports, lawyered up, and said that there was a smear campaign against him, but trust me the parting of ways was bike related. Why even bring up the smear campaign?

Are you taking his statement at face value when he is saying he will sue people who say otherwise? Do you acknowledge that perhaps the person lawyering up might be lying for PR reasons?

I agree we should take his point of view into consideration, but given the fact that Canyon sacked him
  • 4 0
 @mtbflow24: He said it was an odious smear campaign by backstabbers. The truth will come out one day. He will still ride a Sender in 2024 but will be otherwise unaffiliated with Canyon
  • 43 6
 @nastynate711: Supporting unsubstatiated accusations because 'something about him that rubbed me the wrong way' because 'you sensed of what kind of person he is when you looked him in the eye' ?
Yep...I don't like you.
This is'nt baseless or due to a difference of opinion. Or because 'I had a feeling about you'. Or 'you look like one of them sorts'.
Neither is it an insult.
It's an assertation, you strike me as someone of limited mental capacity and an inability abilty to think rationally. As is evidenced by what you posted.
You are free to post whatever drivel you like.......and we are all free to judge you appropriately for it.
  • 17 4
 @BenPea: I mean I have an innate distrust of French people. But this is entirely rational because of Agincourt........ and being married to one for 13 years.
  • 27 2
 Shame that an article about pompon is getting flooded with comments about Thibault because PB is too afraid to post an article about confirmed big news. Get well myriam
  • 3 0
 @watchmen: To split hairs, Innate means born with and not acquired after birth. Sounds like you Cherche'd a Femme and developed the distrust.
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: en parlant de prélèvement d'ADN
  • 5 0
 @watchmen: fair play. But yes, nurture rather than nature, like the man said. I have similar issues with the Welsh for similar reasons. Although I'm back in that particular fryer... Damn my antennae!
  • 2 0
 @ceecee: oh jeez what happened? Did I accidentally French someone?
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  • 4 2
 @suspended-flesh: That is technically correct.........which is the best sort of correct.
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flag nastynate711 FL (Mar 15, 2024 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 @watchmen: that’s even more ridiculous, how did I support anything? I clearly implied that current available info isn’t credible, hence the lack of a PB article. Also said that it could all be false.
  • 30 4
 @nastynate711: mate, I suggest you re-read your original comment in which you said:
- "There was always something about him that rubbed me the wrong way"
- "when you look someone in the eye get a much better sense of what kind of person they are"
- "he doesn’t deserve to be at the pointy end of this sport, and if it ends his career, WC DH will be better for it"
- "His last win was only because of the weather."

For someone *this* opinionated and quick to judge, you don't get to then claim you somehow also believe the info provided isn't credible.
  • 9 0
 @yakimonti: Might as well have a minefield of nonsense in an article that's actually on topic. By ignoring it, PB just ensures that this topic is going to get hashed out in comments on unrelated articles (like this one, and the article about DH broadcasts in Canada, that also had a lengthy discussion about Daprela).
  • 3 2
 @suspended-flesh: Oh I distrusted the French long before I met l'épouse.......that was the attraction.
  • 25 0
 34yrs old, another injury, as a fan this news sucks to hear as the women's field needs all the potential winners it can get. Thumbs are not easy. Best of luck to her and Commencal.
  • 5 0
 Underrated serious injury.
  • 10 0
 Thumbs Down
  • 6 0
 I had surgery for a torn thumb ligament a few years ago from a crash and can relate. Hopefully it will be a quick recovery for her!
  • 3 0
 Yup. UCL tear aka skier's thumb is a fairly common injury around here w/ the winter sports. But, like you, I got mine from a bike crash. Sometimes the ligament retracts and they have to surgically pull it back and attach, other times, the ligament detaches and will heal itself if the detachment gap is small enough (mine). Took a bit to heal up tho, funky brace but I could ride one handed around town.
  • 5 0
 I had a UCL rupture last year and I was back on the bike in 6 weeks post surgery. Surgery used two pins- one to reattach the ligament and a second to anchor a supplimentary artificial ligament that provided joint stabilization while the torn ligament healed. Joint is 100% now, just a little larger than before. Best of luck Myriam!
  • 2 0
 Thumb injuries are no good. You don't realize how much you rely on that thing, until you can't use it. This sounds like skiers thumb?

I had an avulsion fracture, at the base of the ligament opposite of the UCL, but luckily, they didn't opt for surgery. They just yolo'd and pushed the bone and ligament back in place and used the cast to hold it there. It worked out, but it took a long time to fully recover from that one.
  • 3 0
 I had one of those stener lesions and a ucl tear. Mine didn't displace so it healed on its own. Was in a cast for 6 weeks, but its was 100% ready to go when they took the cast off. Good luck.
  • 2 0
 That’s very fortunate. I had surgery and spent 3 months in casts and splints. Nightmare. I hope hers is like yours!
  • 2 0
 Hang in there Pompon!! Being broken sucks, but you'll be back to ripping before you know it. You're too much of a bada$$ not to lol!!
  • 2 0
 Wishing Miriam a speedy return to the bike. But not too speedy, as we know nowadays concussion is not to be taken lightly. Great photo BTW, shows heaps of personality.
  • 3 0
 well just had the same surgery.. 3 months to be back correctly on the handlebar.. wish Miriam a fast recovery!
  • 3 0
 Damn, get well soon Pompon!
  • 1 0
 Snapped my UCL completely and had it reconstructed. Not a fun one fo sho. I hope her recovery is a lot faster than mine was...
  • 1 0
 The lever for my dropper post is so stiff to push that I've injured my thumb using it
  • 4 0
 May be a rusty cable
  • 1 0
 My first giant dropper was like that (not the lever). What post/lever you running?
  • 1 1
 Aren't they all like that, never had a dropper that's easy to use.
  • 2 0
 @DizzyNinja: It's a one up, the cable needs replacing is all
  • 1 0
 @motdrawde: My OneUp v1 was kinda tough also, my v2 is good though.
  • 1 0
 Jokes aside try operating your manual dropper after having your thumb rebuilt. Not good
  • 2 3
 Broke her thumb ligament? Maybe check in with a therapist or athletic trainer for diagnoses of body parts. Should be sprain of the ligament. A grade 3 means it’s gone. Great article other wise Smile
  • 3 0
 Myriam herself (who did a physio qualification I seem to think) described it a broken.
  • 3 3
 Poor lady she gets hurt so much ..when she turns 38 to 40 her body gunna shut Down ... woman racing isn't the a without her ..
  • 1 0
 I had this Stener Lesion thing needing surgery. It was a good 4 months off the bike.
  • 2 0
 What a pity for Miriam, hard times. Best wishes.
  • 2 0
 It’s a tup up from me !
  • 4 4
 Damn. She might have been the only threat to Vali. I was looking forward to their battle this season.
  • 25 0
 Cami would like a word with you...
  • 12 1
 @wolftwenty1: And Tahnee as she seems to be close to her old self again.
  • 15 0
 @paulskibum: I heard there was some up and coming Gracie something or other.
  • 3 0
 @bushbush: I think she might be a little inconsistent yet but I reckon working with Greg for a year or two will help. But she could have her days this season to be in the battle.

Vali will be the benchmark for the others though for sure.
  • 4 2
 @bushbush: there is another contender, but she must not Blewitt...
  • 6 0
 Marine Cabirou has been on an upward trend since coming back from injuries as well. She's definitely a threat. The woman's field is pretty exciting these days. Definitely miss seeing Myriam out there though. Big fan of hers
  • 3 0
 @gnarnaimo: my daughter loves watching Marine. She pushes the bike so hard, sometimes just past the limits.
  • 2 0
 @bushbush: Same could be said of Myriam and sometime Vali. Probably plenty of guys in the mens field too.
  • 1 0
 Not a fun break. Quick recovery and best of luck this year!
  • 1 0
 If you route the injury in low case it would be "ucl rupture"........
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