Wout van Aert keeps recovering despite fear of never returning to past condition
Oct 30 2019 02:31 am CET

Wout van Aert keeps recovering despite fear of never returning to past condition
Wout van Aert keeps recovering despite fear of never returning to past condition
Wout van Aert by Jumbo-Visma

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) continues working towards his recovery but he is full of doubts about his future.

The Belgian rider suffered a heavy crash at the 13th stage of the 2019 Tour de France. Van Aert was riding his time trial when he got tangled with the fences in a curve, which resulted in a serious injury in his thigh.

"I had an open wound that was 21 centimetres long," said the former cyclocross Worldchampion to Belgian magazine HUMO. "Strangely enough there was relief at first because luckily no artery or nerve was hit. But two weeks later the realization came: I will have to learn to walk again."

The 25-year-old also noted that the first operation he went through in France was not done properly. "I had already heard that there is nowhere better than a Belgian hospital, but there was no other option but to operate the wound immediately," Van Aert explained.

"In France, they only stitched me up and they left a tendon hanging loose for five days. Fortunately, I had another operation in Belgium after five days, because if that would have happened a week later, my leg wouldn't have been saved. In that case, I simply wouldn't be have been able to continue in a top sport."

Although Van Aert is recovering faster than expected, he has concerns and he is also being supported by a mental coach because he is afraid of never being the rider he used to be. "Only when I can sprint again and ride up hills at full power, my mind will be at rest," the Belgian commented.

"There is still uncertainty, but the fear I felt, in the beginning, is gradually diminishing. I am sure I will be riding at a professional level again. But at the very top? I will have to see that firsthand in competitions."
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