The Italian, who will be sidelined for one month, remains optimistic and confident despite this setback.

“Some of you may have seen from my social media that I underwent a medical procedure last Friday.  

The last twelve months have not been easy for me, with a persistent saddle sore causing me a lot of discomfort on the bike. It sounds obvious, but a saddle sore is a big problem when you spend a lot of your time on a bike.

With the support of the Soudal Quick-Step medical team, I underwent a procedure carried out by Dr Antonino Cassisi, who is a renowned expert in this field and has treated many other leading cyclists, with great success. Dr Cassisi has advised me that the procedure went well and that I will need four weeks off the bike to recover from the recovery.

I am hoping this is a permanent solution, and I can get back to enjoying racing and training with my teammates. It is disappointing to miss part of my season. I am hoping that I can maybe ride a few races at the end of the season.

I want to thank Cassisi and the Soudal Quick-Step medical team for their care and for everybody that has sent me kind messages and good wishes.

I hope to see you all on the road soon.”


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