The World Champion is back on his bike as he continues his recovery from last month’s crash.

“After my last examination in Herentals it was nice to be able to get back on my bike for the first time since my crash in Liège–Bastogne–Liège.”

“The good news was that my lung had completely recovered, which I was of course very happy about. The broken bones were still painful, which is completely normal as these injuries take more time to recover, but I was advised that I was ok to start training.”

“I spent a few days on my rollers, which was great, but I was really happy to be able to try and spend a few hours out on the road. After a few days, I did not have any unexpected bad feelings, and it was decided that I should join the team in Sierra Nevada, where they have a training camp, and where I could try and find my normal rhythm.”

“Of course, I can’t yet be doing the same work as all of the guys here, as I need some time to train to take back my shape and I still have to be careful to not push my injuries so hard. I am super happy to be with the guys though, as we have a great atmosphere and perfect conditions in which to train.”

“Every day I am improving, and I hope to continue like this – my injuries just need time, so there is no need to have any intervention or surgery, which is why I am able to ride again and it was decided with the team that I am ok to come out here and join the camp. I am trying to be an optimist, but I know I need to take my time and to see how the training is going. If everything continues as it is, then the option of the Tour de France is still open, which is still in my mind, but it is really important that we do not rush anything and we continue to be patient, keep talking with the medical team and take their advice before we decide when I can race again.”

“I would like to thank all of the staff at Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Patrick, the Doctors, everyone at the hospital in Herentals and my family who looked after me and helped me during this difficult time, and for all the kind messages that I have received.”


Photo credit: ©Wout Beel

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