BMC Racing’s Damiano Caruso suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder after hitting a parked car at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
Caruso, who came into the race after a second-place GC finish at the Tirreno-Adriatico, could only come home in 141st place on stage 1 after his accident.
"I feel good now. In the final, before the last climb, it was really chaotic. There were cars on the side of the road and I hit a side mirror of one of the cars with my shoulder," said Caruso.
"It was really painful at the time but it doesn't seem to be broken or anything like that. Now I have lost the chance to go for the General Classification.
“Tomorrow, a new race starts. I'm still motivated and feeling good. Now we will change the goal for the remaining stages."
BMC team doctor Giovanni Ruffini said Caruso's injury is unlikely to stop him from continuing the six-stage race.
"Damiano hit his shoulder when he crashed into the parked car and after examination, it looks like he may have dislocated that upon impact," said Ruffini.
"However, now it is okay. He does have a contusion but the pain is going down. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation but at the moment, he will be able to continue racing."