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Post Tour de Yorkshire crash – Forced rest for a few weeks

Unfortunately the crash at the end of the the first stage of the Tour De Yorkshire (see quite impressive pictures by Michael Hopps & Arne Mill here above) did cost me more than I thought… Not only my teammate Marco Haller broke his right collarbone on the incident, it also had implications for me.

Here is what I said right after the stage at the finish line that day.

“Until the crash the race went very well for us. When the last group was caught, we were four, almost six riders in the lead. Ideal position for Marco and Baptiste in the final. Then the crash happened. An Orica-Scott rider had fallen, Marco crashed over him and I fell with other riders to the ground too. We had absolutely no chance to avoid it. Marco got it worse with a clavicular fracture. But I also have all over the body pain and do not know yet whether I can go to the start tomorrow. »

Well, I did start the next day and managed to finish the race. But I was in pain, especially in the lower part of the back and went immediately to do more exams when I got home. After a couple of days came the verdict: a traumatic lesion of the sacrum.

Nothing to be really worried about, but I definitely need to take it easy for a little month now which will unfortunately make me miss the Amgen Tour of California. If everything goes as planned, I should be back for an important race for me and the team, the Tour de Suisse on my home grounds!

Until then, I wish all the best to the Alpecin Katusha squad on the Giro d’Italia & the Tour of California,

I’ll keep you posted!

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