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Eddie Dunbar is set to return to racing immediately after his crash injury from last month was not as bad as feared at the time (Photo: Luis Angel Gomez-SCA-Cor Vos)

By Shane Stokes

Now fully recovered from the hand injury he suffered at the UAE Tour, Eddie Dunbar will return to action tomorrow with his Jayco AlUla team.

The Corkman will line out in the GP Miguel Indurain in Spain, and will progress to stage race action immediately.

He will start the Itzulia Basque Country race on Monday; an event that will feature Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike), Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Primož Roglič (Bora-hansgrohe)

Dunbar hit the deck during the sprint at the end of stage one of the UAE Tour. An erratic sweep to the right by some riders saw fellow Irishman Ryan Mullen (Bora-hansgrohe) and Gianluca Pollefliet (Decathlon Ag2r La Mondiale) crash, with that in turn causing a chain reaction which downed perhaps 20 others.

Dunbar injured his right hand and was taken to hospital, were a fracture to a bone was diagnosed. It echoed his fall in the Volta Valenciana last year where he fractured a bone in his left hand and was out of competition for two months.

He rebounded to take seventh in the Giro d’Italia.

This time around things aren’t quite as complicated; further examinations revealed that the bone was bruised rather than fractured and while Dunbar still used an indoor trainer for several weeks, he didn’t require an operation.

His total time out of competition this time around is also shorter, with a gap of five and a half weeks between races.

We’ll have a chat with Eddie Dunbar soon.

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