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My shoulder conditions

Hi guys!
Unfortunately my shoulder conditions before Australia were true…
Races went as you know, but the problem to my shoulder once I was on the bike was worst than I thought…
In addiction to that I also fell on it and things went from bad to worse, or maybe the situation just got worse to the point of making me stop. The 10th March – Indian GP- was very close and we can say that all these things that happened were the alarm bell that we couldn’t ignore. At this point it was clear I needed a surgery, and if you’re asking yourselves why I didn’t have it before, my answer is that the real problem was hidden by other symptoms and problems.
In November all my tendons were swollen, but we weren’t sure about the presence of a shoulder micro-instability. It took a long time to cure it, after that we worked out to find more stability, and actually the situation seemed to be getting better.
At the gym I worked out quite normally, sometimes I had some strange painful stitch, but we [...]

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